четверг, 23 апреля 2015 г.

Grêmio Antifascista

Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense was founded in September 15th of 1903 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, the southest state of Brazil, by German imigrants.

Our rival is S.C. Internacional, founded by Italian imigrants in 1909. We do the biggest derby in Brazil (according to FIFA and Brazilian journalists), the derby is called "GreNal" and it has more than 100 years of rivalry.

Our firm is called Geral do Grêmio (Geral means "General", because its section has the cheapest tickets, so it's where workers use to watch the matches) and it's pretty famous in South America for being most likely Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan firms, wich that means Geral sings during all the 90 minutes without stoping and sings Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan songs - not as the general way of Brazilian firms, which tend to sing more "Brazilian" songs and play Brazilian rhytyms. One of the biggest causes of it is that we are closer to Montevideo (Uruguay) than to São Paulo, we are closer to Buenos Aires (Argentina) than to Rio de Janeiro speaking in geographic and cultural issues.

Geral was consider one of the craziest firm around the world ( and it's not a firm with political positiona (as almost all of Brazilian firms). And recently a research named Grêmio fans the most pasionates in the country (

Here's Geral do Grêmio at the final of Libertadores in 2007 against Boca Juniors in our old stadium named Olímpico (in the end of 2012 we moved to a new stadium called Arena do Grêmio):

In this videos it's Geral in the oppening game against Hamburg SV in 2012 (Hamburg was the team we defeated in 1983 when we were world champions):

Grêmio is one of the biggest clubs of South America: we won 2 Brazilian Championship (1981 and 1996), 4 Cup of Brazil (1989, 1994, 1997, 2001), 2 Libertadores da América (1983 and 1995) and one World Championship in 1983.

In 2014 we have a racist trouble in our terraces: a girl called Santos goalkeepper Aranha "monkey" and the case was massively reported in Brazil. We were punished being eliminated form the competition and the girl was sued.

That was a good opportunity for supporters to rethink some things, specially the way historicaly Grêmio fans called Internacional fans "monkeys".

There are a lot of versions about when it emerged between the fans but the fact is: doesn't matter why it started, it will be always related to racist offense (even tought the fans call all Inter supporters and players like that, not making difference between the skin color) and it's so "naturalized" on people that they didn't think about it until this case with Santos goalkeepper.

After that, a process of desconstrution started among the fans and this page, Grêmio Antifascista, is an attempt to put together antifascist fans of Grêmio to build a culture against racism, homophobia and fascism.

It's a long process but we are giving a step towards it, trying to raise awareness and we count on with antifa supports all around the world.

Together we are strong! Cheers from Grêmio supporters! "

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