Homes Away From Home of Football

A Road Trip Across France in the Summer of 2016

Story by: Stuart Roy Clarke

Author of books on mass gatherings: football and pop music festivals, serial exhibitionist (in museums and galleries mostly), commissioned and supported by all the football bodies at one time or another. Road-tripper extraordinaire. Look out for me. Mostly in England.

@stuartroyclarke
homesoffootball.co.uk

 

Ten cities in France have become the homes away from home for thousands of fans from across Europe. Since early June, they have been on a pilgrimage to these football meccas to get behind their team and (temporarily) claim parts of France as their own. Whether it’s hanging a flag at the local bistro, taking over a town square or marching down the boardwalk in droves, these locations become theirs. It might be for a full day or only 90 minutes but for at least a little while these places are football fans’ homes away from home. To capture these cultural juxtapositions we sent Stuart Roy Clarke on a road trip across France. Below are some of the highlights from his journey. 

Marseille

11 June: English fans fuel up by the sea in Marseille before their first game against Russia. 

St Etienne

14 June: Away fans come together in St Etienne before their countries take to the pitch.

Lille

15 June: Slovakian fans head to a local brasserie in Lille to continue the celebrations after defeating Russia.

Lens

16 June: Welsh fans make themselves at home in a town square in Lens before their big game against England.

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