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From Norway to Cyprus, and Israel to Ireland, SD Europe’s network touches 38 countries in Europe alone and beyond. To highlight and celebrate our growing network, this week sees the kick off of a new social media campaign, highlighting the supporters groups, member-run clubs, and supporter liaison officers (SLOs) that make up our organisation.

Supporters should be at the heart of football today. In working to ensure their voice is heard within the decision-making processes of clubs, leagues, member associations and…

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Cypriot member-run club ‘People’s Club Omonia 1948’ held its inaugural AGM in July, an event that was attended by SD Europe.

The members of PAC Omonia 1948 approved the founding statutes and interim board  before unanimously asking for their club to immediately have a strong social and community focus, alongside sporting success.

PAC Omonia 1948 was officially recognised by the civil court a few days later and the newly-founded member-run club will start its journey in the 4th tier of Cypriot football.

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The ancient Roman ruins scattered around the Catalan city of Tarragona provided a spectacular backdrop to the fifth meeting of Spain’s Fútbol Popular movement at the end of July (27-29).

Hosted by FC Tarraco, fan-owned clubs from across the country gathered for debate, knowledge sharing and discussion and, of course, an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what has been an incredible season for many of the organisations involved. (Read our 2017/18 season review.)

Kicking off the weekend at the home…

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The wonderful city of Gijón in northern Spain played host to the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) summer network meeting from July 19th to 22nd. Organised by Unión de Peñas Sportinguistas (UNIPES) and Spanish national supporters organisation FASFE, the event brought together supporters from across Europe to discuss a range of topical issues.

Kicking off two days of presentations and debate, the opening panel discussion focused on how the supporter liaison officer (SLO) and Disability Access Officer (DOA) roles can be implemented in…

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‘Peluza Catalin Hildan’, the main supporters’ organisation of Dinamo Bucharest, has been working on the launch of the DDB (Just Dinamo Bucharest) project, that will allow the club’s supporters to assume increased structured influence in the running of their club.

In the past few months, PCH has undertaken significant steps in restructuring itself as a supporters’ organisation with a wider scope of activities. Board members and volunteers have worked methodically to develop a plan, under which the PCH will be able…

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Supporter liaison officers (SLOs) from 13 countries attended the third meeting of the European SLO network at the home of Feyenoord Rotterdam in early June. The gathering constituted a highpoint in the development of this growing representative body.

After previous meetings in Stockholm and Gelsenkirchen it was the turn of Rotterdam to do the honours this time. Representing host club Feyenoord, manager for supporters and social work Ton Strooband welcomed the following SLOs to the third meeting of the European SLO…

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Football fans in the city of Lier are pouring their energy into a new project, K. Lyra-Lierse, following the bankruptcy of former Belgian champions K. Lierse SK in May.

Guiding fans through months of uncertainty and worry, supporters groups GeelZwart, Yellow Black’s Army and the Lierse Supporters Association came together to form a new fundraising and awareness initiative entitled Lierse voor Altijd (Lierse Forever) back in the spring.

In the beginning, Lierse voor Altijd (LVA)’s objectives were simple: to maintain clear and…

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Inspired by green and yellow scarves of protest while on a visit to Manchester, the Recre Trust has made an immeasurable impact on the Spanish town of Huelva in its short existence of less than three years.

It was supporters, driven by a rescue campaign designed and led by the trust, that raised an astonishing figure of €1 million in just 25 days to save Spain’s oldest football club, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, in 2016. And it was the efforts…

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As the Fifa World Cup gets underway, we did a little research and asked: how well are member-run football clubs or clubs with some element of supporter involvement in their governance structure represented amongst the 32 countries taking part in the competition?

By Arik Rosenstein & Niamh O’Mahony

Europe and South America are particularly prominent, but it’s quite an impressive list: we counted no less than 141 players representing 45 clubs from 25 different national squads over in Russia.

2014 World Champions Germany…

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With the World Cup in Russia right around the corner, you could be forgiven for thinking that the club season drew to a close weeks ago. However, for some countries in northern Europe and the Americas, the league has merely hit the pause button, while others are (not so) quietly wrapping up their play-offs.

Article updated: June 6, 2018. Main photo: Rubén Arévalo

Still, we can safely declare that the 2017/18 season has been another successful term for the growing number of…

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