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Hooligans: Storm Over Europe

Hooligans - Storm over Europe literally caused a storm when the first plans/demo's were unleashed upon the European market. We all know Hooligans are mainly a European phenomenon having its roots in The United Kingdom. The Thirteenth Production being a Dutch developer got strong opposition from the Dutch Soccer Association (KNVB) and the British BBFC resulting in the game being banned from stores such as EB, Dixons, Bart Smit and so on.

Hooligans: Storm Over Europe

  • Literature In the Alex Rider novel Ark Angel, Alex is being led through a crowd by a villain with a hidden gun. He starts silently taunting a football fan whose team has just lost (by miming the score with his fingers) until the man comes over and starts a fight, giving Alex a chance to escape.

  • The non-fiction book Among the Thugs by Bill Buford is dedicated to exploring this phenomenon as a whole.

  • The novel Awaydays by Kevin Sampson follows a crew of hooligans called The Pack, who supported Tranmere Rovers in the late '70s.

  • According to Dave Barry in "Football Deflated":In most nations, when people say "football" they mean "soccer", which is a completely different game in which smallish persons whiz about on a field while the spectators beat each other up and eventually overthrow the government.

  • Adopted for horse racing in Belisarius Series. The Greens and The Blues, and their rivalry that culminated in the (in)famous Nika riots in the original timeline that destroyed half of the Constantinople and just barely avoided leading to the destruction of Byzantine government at the time, were treated much like modern football hooligans or the rival firms.

  • According to the Dresden Files short story "Last Call", this phenomenon is caused by maenads putting enchantments on craft beers served at sporting events. Dresden had to stop them when they tried to do this with several cases of Mac's beer meant to be served at a Bulls game.

  • Tam Lin and the other bodyguards from House of the Scorpion is described by El Patron as having been "breaking heads outside a soccer field in Scotland," though it turns out he was also a Scottish nationalist terrorist.

  • Guy Gavriel Key's The Sarantine Mosaic, which takes place in a thinly disguised Constantinople, features warring factions of chariot race fans (the Greens and the Blues). The book describes a riot by the factions that nearly unseated the Emperor, which actually happened in real life (see the Nika Riots below).

  • In the 1970s, a now-defunct publishing house called the New English Library specialised in lurid penny-dreadfuls, hack-written novels capitalising on Daily Mail readers' fears about British society going to Hell in a handcart. Among its copious catalogue were pulp novels by a "Richard Allen" about football hooliganism, with no nose left unbroken nor no groin unkicked. Allen wrote four or five books about the hooligans, culminating in a truly outrageous piece called Striker!, where football hooligans precipitate the collapse of British society and, with the aid of no-good trade unions and communists, take over the country. Eventually, the Americans call a halt to Britain's slide into anarchy by sending their army in to restore order and put down hooliganism.

  • Suggs' memoir That Close includes a chapter about his teenage involvement in a Chelsea hooligan gang, until a particularly nasty trip to Charlton Athletic scared him straight.

  • Given the Discworld treatment in Unseen Academicals. Lord Vetinari tries to bring order to the ancient sport of "foot-the-ball" in order to tame the football hooligans (and more importantly, the thuggish "Faces" that run the mobs of opposing teams) that have been causing trouble in the city.

  • Irvine Welsh's novels are rife with hooligans: In Trainspotting's prequel Skagboys, Begbie is established to be one of these, which should come as no surprise.

  • In Glue, Carl "N-Sign" Ewart supports Heart of Midlothian F.C. (commonly known as Hearts), much to the dislike of his mates, who are fans of Hibernian F.C. (often known as Hibs), the Hearts' local rivals. The book also features football firms of the Rangers, Dundee United, and Aberdeen.

  • Skinner from The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs is a supporter of the Hibs.

B. There is no evidence at the moment linking an increase in violence in computer games violence with aggressive or violent behaviour in children, but at the same time should it be acceptable for computer games to depict graphic scenes of violence? What lessons will players take from games like "Grand Theft Auto", where players speed through city streets to reach their destination in the quickest time regardless of pedestrians in their way, or "Hooligans: Storms over Europe", where men storm football pitches, fight rival gangs and attack police? Are these computer games blurring the difference between right and wrong? 041b061a72


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