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US's first football hooligan fights to get Beckham's Inter Miami in the big league

United States, Miami
February 05, 2020 at 16:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Derek 'Diablo' Alvarez, known for importing football hooliganism to the United States, is one of Inter Miami CF's first and biggest fans. He has gained a reputation on social media over the past few months after hailing himself as the leader of the hooligan firm 'The Miami Casuals'. Derek opened up in an interview on Saturday about how he was drawn into British culture and more specifically, hooligan culture.

"I'm a lifelong Anglophile, I've always been into British culture. I was always drawn into the music, and then from the music I became aware of the football hooliganism. The football hooliganism thereby got me into the football itself," stated Alvarez.

Alvarez plans to transform US hooliganism, even quoting Russian Politician Igor Lebedev who in March 2017 discussed legitimising hooliganism as a professional 20 vs 20 man fighting sport.

"To me, there's no question that the Russians are at the top. He [Lebedev] challenged 20 on 20, Russian hooligans versus people from other countries," said Alvarez.

Alvarez expressed his wish to create a firm made up of both US and UK hooligans to take on the Russians.

"I want to do that but I want to do it here in America, we can do it in Florida, 20 on 20, American hooligans and English hooligans versus Russian hooligans, with honour," Alvarez said.

Alvarez follows his local team, Inter Miami CF, with unparalleled passion. The franchise was founded in 2018 by former footballer David Beckham alongside a group of investors, and will play their first season in the Major League Soccer this year.

The franchise will play their home games at the newly built Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, which is expected to open on March 14th, 2020.

Hooliganism is recognised as organised violence which is linked to sporting occasions, especially during local rivalries, when teams from the same city or region compete with each other.

The counter-culture is often associated with European football and in the 80's and 90's it was synonymous with British football.

It has thus far had little-to-no representation in American sports. However, with Inter Miami CF joining the big leagues and the first competitive 'Florida State Derby' versus Orlando City planned for this season, combined with US soccer becoming ever more mainstream, this will provide a unique opportunity for Alvarez to grow his firm and the culture of hooliganism in Florida and throughout the United States.

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Derek 'Diablo' Alvarez, known for importing football hooliganism to the United States, is one of Inter Miami CF's first and biggest fans. He has gained a reputation on social media over the past few months after hailing himself as the leader of the hooligan firm 'The Miami Casuals'. Derek opened up in an interview on Saturday about how he was drawn into British culture and more specifically, hooligan culture.

"I'm a lifelong Anglophile, I've always been into British culture. I was always drawn into the music, and then from the music I became aware of the football hooliganism. The football hooliganism thereby got me into the football itself," stated Alvarez.

Alvarez plans to transform US hooliganism, even quoting Russian Politician Igor Lebedev who in March 2017 discussed legitimising hooliganism as a professional 20 vs 20 man fighting sport.

"To me, there's no question that the Russians are at the top. He [Lebedev] challenged 20 on 20, Russian hooligans versus people from other countries," said Alvarez.

Alvarez expressed his wish to create a firm made up of both US and UK hooligans to take on the Russians.

"I want to do that but I want to do it here in America, we can do it in Florida, 20 on 20, American hooligans and English hooligans versus Russian hooligans, with honour," Alvarez said.

Alvarez follows his local team, Inter Miami CF, with unparalleled passion. The franchise was founded in 2018 by former footballer David Beckham alongside a group of investors, and will play their first season in the Major League Soccer this year.

The franchise will play their home games at the newly built Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, which is expected to open on March 14th, 2020.

Hooliganism is recognised as organised violence which is linked to sporting occasions, especially during local rivalries, when teams from the same city or region compete with each other.

The counter-culture is often associated with European football and in the 80's and 90's it was synonymous with British football.

It has thus far had little-to-no representation in American sports. However, with Inter Miami CF joining the big leagues and the first competitive 'Florida State Derby' versus Orlando City planned for this season, combined with US soccer becoming ever more mainstream, this will provide a unique opportunity for Alvarez to grow his firm and the culture of hooliganism in Florida and throughout the United States.

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