Hey Cord is football hooliganism really like that movie Green Street Hooligans.
heh, not these days. The golden age of hooliganism was the late 70's to late 80's in the UK, but a few pivotal events changed the scene forever.
1.The Heysel Stadium fatalities of 1985 led to a concerted international coordination of police to track and control the travel of known hooligans.
2. The Hilsborough stadium fire of 1989 led to terraces being outlawed and replaced with all seated football grounds (terraces were standing areas where violence was focussed)
3. The proliferation of CCTV at football grounds, and in public streets of the UK meant that coordinated group violence/activity could be easily identified and dealt with quickly.
Outside of that, Green Street never got it right. No way a septic would get an in with a crew like that after a couple of right hooks.
If you want to see a film that captures the spirit and culture behind the scene, check out 'The Football Factory' - got it about right.
Nowadays, while some firms are still active (Cardiff, Milwall and others), the real football hooliganism in europe happens in the former soviet states, where police control is not as organised, and the gangs idolise British hooligans of old, and model themselves on them. They also have a great deal of support/interaction with the neo-nazi/nationalists of their respective countries.
Holland still likes a tear up as well, but they too have faced similar sanction to the UK.