West Virginia State University
Sport fandom and Arab Spring: The case of Egyptian "Ultras"
Sport has always been political. With the popular revolutions in Middle East and North Africa, sport fans, youth in particular, proved that their organizational and cheering skills could be used to give a much needed "velocity." They used social media and soccer networks to organize youths and express "rage" against political regimes. This presentation looks particularly at the case of Egyptian soccer fans, aka. Ultras and their contribution to the success of a revolution a l'egyptienne.