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SD Europe applauds AKS Zly on winning UEFA’s Best Grassroots Club Award for 2019! Their achievement is symbolic recognition of the work carried out by all the supporters across the SD Europe network involved in the management of their football clubs who instill the same values.

AKS Zly is the first ever democratic sports club in the Polish capital of Warsaw. It was founded by fans in 2015, and is entirely and directly managed by the supporters, athletes and coaches who…

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In what is the sixth year of existence in Italy, SD Europe member, Supporters in Campo keep building on their story, while continuing to lobby for supporter ownership in Italy. 

In this SD Europe exclusive, we had an in-depth discussion with different figures in the movement to learn more about the ‘SinC’ story:  

When did your adventure start? 

Supporters in Campo was established in April 2013 after a process of collaboration and dialogue with Italian fan groups and SD Europe. The experience gathered…

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In the beginning of August, Logroño, Spain, hosted the annual meeting of Federación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español (FASFE), ‘VI JORNADAS FÚTBOL POPULAR’ for a weekend with the Spanish fùtbol popular movement.

The meeting was hosted by local fan-owned club, SD Logroñés, with representatives of Supporters in Campo, the Italian umbrella group for supporters’ trusts and community clubs, and a board member of Hapoel Katamon, a member-run club in Jerusalem, Israel flying to sunny Spain to meet the network.

Today…

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At the beginning of July, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) hosted the sixth exchange visit of SD Europe’s supporter liaison project, LIAISE, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA. 

The delegation was headed by SD Europe’s project manager, Stuart Dykes, and included Jakub Novakovski and Dariusz Łapiński of the Polish Football Association’s Infrastructure and Organization of Events department and Martin Schlosser, head of Austria’s National Information Point for Combating Football Hooliganism in the role of external expert….

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The 2018/19 season has been a success for the growing number of member-run clubs across Europe.

Congratulations to the entire network; for showing clubs can have on-pitch success with a commitment to their supporters and local communities. For showing that passion has power. 

 
AUSTRIA
SV Austria Salzburg, which formed in 2005 after the original SV (Austria) Salzburg was renamed and rebranded by an energy drink company, achieved an immediate return to Regionalliga (3rd).

 

BELGIUM

YB SK Beveren, Belgium’s 100% fan-owned football club, achieved an exciting…

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It is an exciting weekend for fan-owned football, as HFC Falke will celebrate its 5-year anniversary by hosting a friendly match with fellow fan-owned side YB SK Beveren in Hamburg! 

The two sides will utilise their preseason plans to highlight the growth of fan-owned football throughout Europe. 

HFC Falke will be hosting the Beveren first team, as well as supporters for a day of football, celebration, and aspiration. The clubs have always had a special relationship and the opportunity for the supporters…

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At the end of May, representatives of football clubs from three European countries took part in the fifth of 12 exchange visits under SD Europe’s supporter liaison and engagement project LIAISE, funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA.

 

The visit was hosted by the Ligová Fotbalová Asociace (Czech Football League) and saw representatives of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) and the European Think Tank of Football Safety and Security Experts plus the SLO of Polish Ekstraklasa outfit Jagiellonia Białystok…

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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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