Egypt’s football fan clubs are figuring prominently in stories about the current uprising. For readers wanting to learn more about the Ultras in Egypt and their role in the uprising, here are a few links:
James M. Dorsey, “Soccer Fans Play Key Role in Egyptian Protests” (readers of this blog will not be surprised, as this is a fairly consistent topic in writing about the sport and politics).
In 2007, Tom Dunmore posted a series of articles on Pitch Invasion about “Ultras” – a genre of football fan club, characterized by intense organization, often somewhat militaristic structures and overtly political ideologies. The series includes this photo essay from one of the founders of Egypt’s first Ultras group – Ultras Ahlawy.