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 “The best thing that football gave me was a chance to get to know human beings. I got to meet people who suffered a lot, and those on the other side of society that had everything.” – Socrates, Footballer

A young player gracefully floats across the turf, skating easily around two players who are struggling to keep up with his skill and speed. He plays without fear, brave and single-minded. He has two options to pass, but chooses to dribble instead,…

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The Supporter Liaison Officer role is a dynamic, busy, and exciting position at any football club. However, Celtic FC supporters are known across the world for being up there with the very best.

In this SD Europe Exclusive avid football supporter, and former president of the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance, Paul Cox, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the realities and responsibilities of the Supporter Liaison Officer at Celtic FC.

“I traveled in February from Valencia, Spain, to watch the…

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The Bohemians Supporters Trust (DFB), a group from Praha, Czechia, have recently joined SD Europe’s growing network of supporters across Europe. With different experiences and inspiring stories, the DFB continue to develop fan-ownership and enlarge SD Europe’s activities to Europe and beyond.

The Bohemians Supporters Trust (DFB), are a supporters group of Bohemians Praha 1905. Founded in March 2005, Bohemians Supporters Trust would see a future of years of legal disputes over their club’s traditional identity, and a fight over the…

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Last week, SD Europe met with UEFA in Nyon as part of the ongoing dialogue between the two sides.

The event was attended by senior representatives from UEFA, led by First Vice President Karl-Erik Nilsson, Vice President Michele Uva and General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis and by the three European supporters organisations SD Europe, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE).

All three supporters’ groups shared concerns and views on a number of areas, including the treatment…

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At the end of March, SD Europe were guests in Russia to meet the main architects of the FC Kuban renaissance in Krasnodar. The local football club went bankrupt in the summer of 2018, but has now resumed activities thanks to the fans who founded a new club.
  
In an SD Europe Exclusive, we asked them a few questions to learn more about their story:  
What is the story? How did it start and why? What motivates you and what…

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The SD Europe network is constantly growing and our activities are spreading to more of Europe and beyond. Our AGM in Huelva saw two new fan-organisation groups officially join our network.

One of our newest members is Supporterscollectief Netherlands. Supporterscollectief is a national supporters organisation that represents supporter clubs in Holland.

But who is SC Nederland? Here’s an introduction to the organisation’s history, organisational structure, goals, and an overview of the relationship between Dutch fans and local and national institutions:

 

When did your…

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At the end of March, SD Europe took part in a workshop in Portugal at the Cidade do Futebol in Caxias, Lisbon, hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). The workshop focused on the role of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) and the disability access officer (DAO). The workshop was organised by the FPF as part of the training activities related to UEFA club licensing.

The opening remarks were made by Paulo Lourenço, Secretary General of the FPF, and responsible for…

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Recently, SD Europe took part in an important conference in sunny Seville, Spain. The conference, ‘EL PROTAGONISMO DEL AFICIONADO EN EL FÚTBOL’ was jointly organised by our members FASFE and Accionistas Unidos of Sevilla FC.

The meeting was held with the goal of deepening the developments of the internal reformation of Ley del Deporte, and the central role that fans and small shareholders can play in the future of Sevilla. The aim of the conference was to highlight the contribution of…

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It was a productive day in Sofia, as the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) organised a Supporter Liaison Officer workshop under its ‘Fan Dialogue: 2020 and beyond’ project.

On the agenda for the day was: The work of the BFU with the fans, an overview of the SLO role, the new Council of Europe Convention, a presentation by SD Europe about the SLO role (challenges, relationships and how it should be), and a Q&A between the BFU, local police authorities, SLOs and…

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Participants from ten countries and organisations came together to discuss the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety Security and Service Approach.

Project partners Svenska Footballsupporterunionen (SFSU), Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS), Football Supporters Europe (FSE), Czech Football League (LFA), Polish Football Association (PZPN), Portuguese Football Association (FPF), Swedish Football League (SEF), contributing partners French Football League (LFP), guests Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Football Union of Russia (RFU), international experts from the Council of Europe (Adrian Dinca, chair of…

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