Matt Negrin is an award-winning journalist who has written for a bunch of mainstream news outlets…and now he’s trying something different. Starting with writing in first person.
Over five months, I’m visiting a variety of cities that read like a soccer maniac’s fantasy: Seattle, Portland, Tokyo, Split, Sarajevo, Dortmund, Tampere (that’s in Finland), and Sao Paulo. But I’m not writing about soccer. I’m writing about the crazy fanatics who chant and cheer and wave enormous flags and breathe and bleed for their clubs. I’ve never been a sports writer, but to me the story of the world’s most passionate soccer supporters isn’t about a sport; it’s about people. Really insane people.
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to quit your job to watch a soccer match or break up with someone to watch your team on TV, this is where you’ll hear those stories. To find them, I’m going away — so I can meet these people at home. (Hey, that’s the name of this website.)
The World Cup is just a few months out. I want to know who’s going to be in Brazil making all that noise. If you’re one of them, or if you know one of them, or if you want to be one of them, or if you’re not one of them but you’re still into it, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
It takes a lot of guts to do what this guy is doing and I applaud him for his efforts. The culture surrounding supporter’s clubs around the world is very intriguing and after having read his story on his travels to Japan I am anxious to read his other stories. There are some great stories out there and I suggest that any soccer fan follow this guy’s exploits as I expect a lot of great articles to come from him as the months go by.