12th December 2012
Panathinaikos (PAO to its friends, vasles— from Vaseline— to its foes) is not simply taken as the team of the city (a point of identification) but also as a point of distinction between bourgeois Athens and proletarian Piraeus and its team Olympiakos (Thrylos— legend— to its friends, gavroi— smelts— to its foes). This, of course, does not mean that there is a monolithic devotion of the citizens of the two cities to their respective teams. The devotion of an individual to a team many times is superseded by an alliance of a different order, always ad hoc and largely unclassifiable .
- Neni Panourgia, Fragments of Death, Fables of Identity: An Athenian Anthropography
11th December 2012
In Argentina, football is divided along political lines: if you are a Boca Juniors fan, you are likely to be a working class Peronist; if you follow River Plate, you tend to be a middle-class radical, Argentina’s other main political grouping. The origins of this division are probably rooted in early twentieth-century differences in geography, wealth and nationality. Boca is the port area where the poor immigrant Italians first settled, while River Plate is in more affluent Liniers, in northern Buenos Aires, where the middle-class Spanish and Jewish tended to live.
- Leslie Ray, Argentina’s Left-Wingers
Barcelona has historically been seen as the most popular team and ‘idol of Ecuador.’ Founded in Guayaquil in 1925 by immigrants, especially Catalans, it was always a team that is associated with the commoners and lower classes of the port. While Emelec, also founded in 1929 by an immigrant and utility officials represent the “aniñados” (childish, spoiled) of Guayaquil with what is called ‘the team of millionaires’ or the ‘Ballet Blue.’ Both teams compete for the shipyard classic that dates back to the time where Ecuadorian amateur soccer incubated rivalries between the local teams.
Jacques Paul Ramírez Gallegos, Identities and local and regional rivalries in Ecuador: a view from football
10th December 2012
4th December 2012
Throughout the twentieth century this football rivalry has been constantly imbued with political and athletic motifs. During the Franco Regime, there were constant allegations by Barça that the regime favored Real Madrid because it represented the government within Spain and abroad. …But regardless of which team wins La Liga or the political relations between the two cities, what Real Madrid and Barça have in common now, at the beginning of the twenty first century, is their media power and multimillion dollar revenues. In that sense, …Barça and Real Madrid have more similarities than differences, and thus their rivalry may be understood as a struggle between two economic superpowers.
- Elga Castro-Ramos, Loyalties, Commodity and Fandom: Real Madrid, Barça and Athletic fans versus “La Furia Roja” during the World Cup