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In Forza Sankt Pauli author Nick Davidson documents how Hamburg’s radical football club, FC. St Pauli, continues to be a rallying point for left-wing activists in both Germany and around the world. 


The book which focuses on the club’s activities in the 21st Century, is set against a backdrop of the increasingly polarised and divided society we find ourselves now living in.


It demonstrates how football and politics  – despite what many would argue – are inextricably and indelibly linked. 


We learn how the club, fans and the district of Sankt Pauli came to the aid of the thousands of refugees arriving in Hamburg over the summer of 2015. In an age of authoritarian leaders, we witness how the backlash against President Trump fuelled an unprecedented growth in US-based St. Pauli fan clubs – culminating with the two official tours of the United States that saw players protesting outside Trump Tower in New York and The White House. The book also confronts sexism within the fan scene and explores the long-overlooked history of women playing  football at FC St. Pauli.


As in Pirates, Punks & Politics, Davidson continues to intersperse chapters detailing the club’s history of activism with his own match day experiences travelling to watch the club he fell in love with.


Paperback: 380 pages.

First published: March 2024



Forza Sankt Pauli

SKU: 364215375135191
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