trouble is, these clowns arent actually fans. they just follow the team, whether it is the national side or local side, wherever they travel and usually kick up stink there. most of the time, it is stirred up by a couple of well organised groups who plan to meet and kick the crap out of each other. sadly, other people can get drawn into it too.
thankfully, the english are doing something about it. sadly, it is like drug dealers..get rid of one, and there is another waiting to step up.
however, it is not an english problem, though they are widely regarded as starting it all (i have no proof either way, and i suspect most peoplr dont). however, the russians have recently shown they dont like losing, the germans enjoy a bit of a kickabout (with people instead of a ball), the dutch are nasty and the italians take pistols to matches. not forgetting the south americans and the turks, who like knives. these comments apply only to the thugs, not the rest of the population of these countries.
for a lot of people, football (the REAL football, the one played in every country in the wolrd) is like a religion. in 3rd world countries, this is the only way they see as being able to escape the poverty.
You wash your car like it was your firstborn child, you tend to its needs like it was your own body, you protect it like it's your family, then you drive it like you stole it.
Weapons of rice destruction
2002 Ford Falcon AU3 XR6
1985 Ford Sierra XR4i
1980 Ford Escort RS2000