The context for watching an Austrian film on football fans changed completely after Jörg Haider’s tragic success in the country’s national elections. Films on football fans often deal with the mass hooliganism that is so clearly linked to Europe’s current rightwing movements.

But there is nothing in Michael Glawogger’s film that explains what led to Jörg Haider’s succes. It was shot in 1998 when the World Cup was held in France. One reason is of course that Austrian fans did not copy the British, French and German hooliganism that we all saw on television.

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