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Ultra

Narrated by: Adam Bromley
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. Many groups have evolved into criminal gangs, involved in ticket-touting, drug-dealing and murder. A cross between the Hells Angels and hooligans, they're often the foot-soldiers of the Mafia and have been instrumental in the rise of the far-right. But the purist ultras say that they are insurgents fighting against a police state and modern football. 

Only amongst the ultras, they say, can you find belonging, community and a sacred concept of sport. They champion not just their teams, they say, but their forgotten suburbs and the dispossessed. Through the prism of the ultras Jones crafts a compelling investigation into Italian society and its favourite sport. 

He writes about not just the ultras of some of Italy's biggest clubs - Juventus, Torino, Lazio, Roma and Genoa - but also about its lesser-known ones from Cosenza and Catania. He examines the sinister side of football fandom, with its violence and political extremism, but also admires the passion, wit, solidarity and style of a fascinating and contradictory subculture.

©2019 Tobias Jones (P)2019 Head of Zeus

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  • Nigel Marsh
  • 02-10-2019

And I thought Ultras were just hardcore Italian fans..

As the author highlights this is not a book about football - but he provides a remarkable explanation of how deeply Ultras are embedded into Italian society. The Roman equivalent of Green Street this is not! Depressingly, menace and violence is never more than a few seconds away- and this is a very long book - but throw in political extremism of all types, racism, religion and (less frequently) morality and you get an idea of the depth of this book. Absolutely remarkable - so comprehensive and well researched. The length of the book is a challenge but Tobias continues to add so much “evidence” that reinforces his explanation as to how embedded Ultras are in Italian society. Hardcore fans they may be - but football is presented as being incidental rather than integral! Frankly - good luck Italy, your challenges run deep! Great achievement from Tobias, well narrated by Adam.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2019

Interesting insight into the Ultra world

Well narrated insight into the Ultra world on and off the terraces and around the cities in Italy.

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