Any frequent attendee of football matches in the UK would be forgiven for thinking that football violence is largely a thing of the past. The reality is that football hooligans are more organised than ever and their numbers are still great. Suppressed by CCTV, banning orders, and advanced police surveillance techniques, which means that they need to be more diligent and regimented than ever.
As a result of the challenging domestic environment for football fans British hooligans now look overseas for their tear ups, for the firms of the bigger clubs this can mean European fixtures, for the rest it can only come through following the national side. English fans have long been famous for causing trouble on foreign soil and this excellent undercover investigative documentary by Panorama showed that hooliganism is thriving.
The filmmakers use both public and hidden cameras and follow England fans to the 2006 World Cup in Germany where the English fans fought ongoing battles with rival fans, the police and even each other.