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St. Pauli

St. Pauli

Another Football is Possible

Carles Vinas, Natxo Parra

From German unification to the birth of the Bundesliga, this is the history of Germany's cult football club and its famously left wing fan base

FC St. Pauli is a football club unlike any other. Encompassing music, sport and politics, its fans welcome refugees, fight fascists and take a stand against all forms of discrimination. This book goes behind the skull and crossbones emblem to tell the story of a football club rewriting the rulebook.

Since the club's beginnings in Hamburg's red-light district, the chants, banners and atmosphere of the stadium have been dictated by the politics of the streets. Promotions are celebrated and relegations commiserated alongside social struggles, workers' protests and resistance to Nazism. In recent years, people have flocked from all over the world to join the Black Bloc in the stands of the Millerntor Stadium and while in the 1980s the club had a small DIY punk following, now there are almost 30,000 in attendance at games with supporters across the world.

In a sporting landscape governed by corporate capitalism, driven by revenue and divorced from community, FC St. Pauli demonstrate that another football is possible.

Carles Vinas has a PhD in Contemporary History from the Universitat de Barcelona and has published several essays, including Skinheads a Catalunya (2004), El Mundo Ultra: Los Radicales del Futbol Espanol (2005) and Tolerancia Zero: La Violencia en el Futbol (2006).

Natxo Parra is a labour lawyer and cooperative partner at Col.lectiu Ronda. He has a degree in Law from the Universitat de Barcelona. He is co-author of The Concept of Radicalization in Jihadist Islam: Radicalization and Counter-Globalization (Tirant lo Blanch, 2015).

'Football has always been tribal, but this book shows how tribalism can be a force for good. Radicalism, social inclusion and joy all have their place on the terraces; there's more than one Marcus Rashford out there!' - Val McDermid

'A fascinating history of the football club, and explain how politics, music, art and sport combine on the terraces in the fight against discrimination. A powerful and mesmerising book about football, and how it can be a force for good in an often corrupt and capitalist world' - FourFourTwo

'Fascinating and profoundly political' - Cas Mudde, author of "The Far Right Today" (2019) and host of the podcast RADIKAAL.

Foreword by Deniz Naki
Preface
Part I: Informal Beginnings
1. The Origins of German Football
2. Football Arrives in Hamburg. The Foundation of St. Pauli
3. First Years in the Club's Life
Part II: War and Peace: From the Third Reich to the Bundesliga
4. St. Pauli Under the Swastika
5. Post-War Successes: The Marvellous Eleven
6. Millerntor: The New Stadium
7. The Creation of the German league
Part III: A Club of Belief: The pirates of the league
8. From the Regional Leagues to the Second Division
9. The Transition from Neighbourhood Club to Cult Club
10. Futbol gegen Nazis
Part IV: Terraces with Conscience
11. Football and Social Projects: A Singular Structure
12. St. Pauli-Celtic: The Rebel's Choice
13. From Hell to the Centenary
14. Sozialromantiker: An Attempt to Reclaim the Club
15. Antifascism in the Stadium: Ultras of St. Pauli 2002
Part V: St Paulinism Without Borders
16. The Expansion of a Phenomenon to the Global Scale: The Case of FCSP Fan Club Catalunya
17. Women's Football: The Pending Signature of a Multi-Sports Club
18. From the Neighbourhood to the Stadium: Music, Democracy and Solidarity
19. Is St. Pauli the Only Option?
Epilogue
Bibliography
Published by Pluto Press in Oct 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340906
eBook ISBN: 9781786806727

272 pages

135mm x 215mm