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Egypt’s Troubles Delight Algerian Football Fans

by | 30th, January 2011

ADRIAN Chen has piece on how Egypt’s football fans are fomenting change. Forget the Muslim Brotherhood Wikileaks , the death of Khalid Said and Elsaid Bilal mummies or whatever else is being attributed as being behind the protests, Chen wants us to look at the country’s football fans and their readiness for battle.

These guys are better at tangling with cops than just about anyone.

Egyptian blogger  Alaa abd El-Fatah tells Al Jazeera:

“The ultras – the football fan associations – have played a more significant role than any political group on the ground at this moment.”

James Dorsey says of the Al Ahly team’s supporters:

“Soccer fans constitute a well-organized and feared pillar of the marshalling grassroots coalition.”

Football does have the power to unite a country. But the hooligans scrapping with police are not taking on the state; they are just up for a brawl. Football is not about honour; football is about bias, winning and sadism.

In November 2009, football fans rioted in Cairo. Their ire was directed not towards President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. These fans were attacking the Algerian embassy. Egypt had lost to Algeria in a World Cup playoff in Khartoum, Sudan. (Egypt has wanted to play the decider in Tunisia but lost the coin toss.) In the build up to the match, Algerians had

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