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The Pioneers: Koninklijke HFC, the Netherlands’ first football club

In the first of our Pioneers series looking at the earliest football clubs in the major world leagues, I caught up with Koninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club (HFC), the oldest team in the Netherlands.[All images courtesy of Koninklijke HFC]   The Netherlands is one of the “bridesmaids” of world football: three times losing finalists at World […]

Football Travel Podcast: The History of the Ultrà Movement and Homefans.net

We welcome two more great guests to the show this month covering two fascinating topics:   The History of the Ultrà Culture: We talk to football blogger Luca Hodges-Ramon to explore how Italian ultrà culture emerged and was ultimately exported. We look at the fierce regional rivalries in Italy. Luca writes for Beyond the Field […]

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Football Travel: Ajax v Feyenoord

Ajax versus Feyenoord – De Klassieker (‘The Classic’) – is the biggest match in Dutch football and one of world football’s fiercest rivalries. “While Amsterdam dreams, Rotterdam works”, goes the saying…in Rotterdam. The port team’s club Feyenoord has little time for Amsterdam’s artistry. This could be reflected in the way the two teams play – […]

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Book Review: Brilliant Orange by David Winner

When I started reading Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football I was wary that it had first been published in 2000 and that arguably Dutch football’s darkest day – the 2010 World Cup Final – would not be covered.   Fortunately, the latest version has been updated by author David Winner in the […]