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Why is soccer so violent ... among fans?
Russian and Polish fans brawl during Euro 2012.

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Because it taps into age-old tribal rivalries.
This has nothing to do with football, and everything to do with nationalism-- the game was played on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union between the Russians and the country they inflicted the Katyn Forest massacre upon.  As one person put it, it was like having Al Qaeda having a parade down 5th Avenue on September 11th.
Never been about football. Hooliganism is an organised fight sometimes between alleged fans of same club. The reason it's publicised is its rarity in the modern age
Polish football fans are known for being Nazis. Real, honest to goodness neo Nazis. There's a BBC documentary on the fascism of Polish football, actually.
Isn't that the only good part about international soccer or futbol? It's great theater!!!
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