The 5 Best Football Hooligan Documentaries

Making a film about football hooligans must be incredibly difficult and expensive, primarily because real hooligans do everything that they can to stay under the radar. Once their face is known by authorities their ‘hobby’ becomes very difficult, as a result most great football hooligan documentaries require reporters to film undercover.

There have been many attempts to make documentaries about football firms, very rarely is the end product fantastic. The six documentaries featured on this page can be considered up there with the very best, all well worthy of a watch if you are fascinated by the life of real football hooligans, all available to watch right here on


1. Foreign Fields (2002)

Foreign Fields is a documentary which aired in 2002 on the BBC, it looks at the growing problem of football hooliganism in Argentina and Italy, particularly the emergence of highly organized and political far right groups which hold a lot of influence over their clubs. In Italy the documentary looks at the firm associated with Lazio and the influence that they now hold over the club and its players.

In Argentina it looks at the hooligans of Maradona’s favorite team Boca, during a period when numerous fans were shot dead and a football season had to be suspended due to the danger that civilians and players faced, Maradona himself is interviewed about his relationship with the hooligans of Boca. A must watch documentary which is not available on DVD!


2. Hooligans & Thugs: Soccer’s Most Violent Fan Fights

Some people just want to watch shocking videos of football violence right? I get that. If that’s what you want to watch, shit loads of violence, then you would be best served to watch this documentary Hooligans & Thugs: Soccer’s Most Violent Fan Fights, sixty minutes of pure violence narrated by the not very famous one from the Sex Pistols.

This film was actually banned from British TV for being too graphic, probably because there were fears that it would incite violence among the various British football firms featured. Mental football fights, a banging techno sound track, and some bloke from the Sex Pistols, what else is there to say?


3. Hooligans: The Untold Story

Hooligans: The Untold Story is an hour long feature by BBC Panorama and the result of an extensive undercover operation which followed English fans to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the film showed that football hooliganism is still alive and kicking amongst English fans, and is in fact more highly organized than ever. Some scenes are shocking, with plenty of fighting and aggression, and hate filled language.

Hooliganism in the UK is rare these days because of the CCTV covering grounds and town centers, heavy organized police operations, and a stringent football banning order, football abroad is the perfect opportunity for English hooligans to escape the gaze of the law enforcement officers who know them for scraps with foreign fans, and sometimes even with eachother.


4. MacIntyre Undercover: Chelsea Headhunters (1999)

Legendary investigative journalist Donal McIntyre goes undercover to infiltrate the notorious Chelsea Headhunters football firm, numerous members of the gang were convicted of crimes as a direct result of his risky espionage (his disguise included a real Chelsea tattoo).

This documentary proved links between the headhunters and the far-right British group Combat 18, one of the firms ‘top boys’ Jason Marriner was jailed for four years. In 2009, a decade after the film screened, McIntyre and his wife were viciously attacked in a London restaurant by associates of Marriner’s seeking revenge for the betrayal of trust. You don’t get much more real than this!


5. Football’s Fight Club (Part 1 & Part 2)

Football’s Fight Club is a two part documentary which was broadcast as two TV episodes on British TV in 2002. The first part (episode 1) looked at the history of football violence in the UK, while the second part (episode 2) looked at football violence in mainland Europe, although mainly British fans in Europe in the years which led up to the Heysel disaster. The documentary focused primarily on the history of football violence and then on to violence in the present day (or, at least, the present day when the film was released), the filmmakers interviewed a few people who were involved in the scene in the 1970′s and 1980′s (including people who purported to have been leaders or ‘top boys’ of various firms).  The videos contain scenes of violence, as one would expect. The soundtrack is worthy of a mention too.


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