The fact is that people are very destructive beings in some part of our lives. It is just something inside all of us, that we cannot repress. And we do not have to do that. Sometimes, it is healthy to exhale our bad feelings. Just be careful and do not exaggerate, and everything will be fine.
When every of us look back, we can recognize some features of anger and destructiveness. And, to be honest sometimes it was bad, for us, and for others. It is fact that humanity has long past of violence and hurting others (other people, animals, destroying all kinds of structures…). But we are not talking a lot of one special kind of “violence”, but we are hundread percent sure that it is violence, and not something else. Let’s think again.
This term, we usually link with football fans who are often violent and troubled. But hooliganism is also a social phenomenon. Many football fans unite in groups that are called by many names, for example, hooligans, casuals, boys, firm etc. There are many other names, but those are the most familiar to the general public. Why we think of them as some violent and brutal guys? There are a lot of media influence, and we cannot resist to believe what they show us. Now we can talk about other problem, called critical thinking, because many of us forget what that is. However we make a lot of prejudice with no proper reasons, and that is the consequence of a lack of critical thinking. Media always shows only that part when they make some trouble and fight. There are other side of this kind of life. To become some of them you need to be loyal, and realy believe in causes they all are fighting for. Also we think that hooliganism is some contemporary social phenomenon, but some similar phenomenons were recorded back in 14th century in England. That is why they are so famous in this field. We can tell that Britains, literally, made this lifestyle.
Balkan and new lifestyle
1950, in quiet city of Split, on the Croatian coast, fans of local football club "Hajduk" formed first and official football group in Europe. They named theirselves "Torcida". Also whole Balkan is well known by many violent and aggressive football firms. Polish hooligans are also known as very combative and brutal. However Britains are better known in this field. They made it acceptable, understandable and in one way pretty much welcomed way of life. Even the many still feel uncomfortable about that.
As I already have said, whole Balkan is one of the best places for violence and football firms. Maybe it is all consequence of others social events, as war in 90’s and political turmoil. And you can see banners that show that we still hate each others and still feel those consequences. There is a lot of hate and rivalry between some of firms, and it is not about war and hate between nations, because in that way they are in the same side. But still there is something bigger than that for them. They are loyal to the higher goals than that.
Sarcasm in their lines
It is simple rule, we cannot anything achieve with no love and passion. Impact that hoolingans made on everything these days would not be able if they are only violent guys, who made troubles at the games. There is something more beside all of that, there is love for the club, for friends and other guys in their groups. Also people always want to participate as part of some group, and if the group is stronger and bigger, the individual feels better and more important than before. There is also a problem in some cases, because some of them do not know how to live as individual, they only see theirselves as part of something, and without group it is like they do not exist. That is also extreme case of beeing a part of some group. It is important to make some limits. It is hard, especially because they are so magnificient in some moments. With those sarcasm and social criticism, many of us cannot praise with such critical thinking and fingerprinting on real problems in society.
Maybe hooliganism is not something new, but casual subculture is pretty much newer than the first phenomenon. It is more and more popular subculture and way of life. There are whole fashion style that supports this culture. Also there are other stuffs related to this. Especially everyday behavior and manner. But that still implies they wear pretty expensive clothes made by famous designers. It is of course sports wear, usually called clobber when it is used in this cause.
Casuals became famous by many films about football fans. Those film popularized hooligans and casual way of life. Also they introduced us those style and explain there is more than thing we see about them. Many of them showed that they are just regular people with one passion, that we usually cannot understand.
This subculture is becoming more and more popular. Some of you would not like it but it is not so bad. We accepted much more sick and perverted social phenomenons, so why shouldn't we accept this one?