I’ve been lucky enough to write for The Blizzard since its inception in 2010. For the past year they have taken some of their best pieces of long form football journalism and turned them into podcasts. Episode 49 features a story that remains close to my heart: the tragedy of Port Said.
In February 2012 72 fans of Al Ahly, Egypt’s most popular team, were killed after a match in Port Said. It was initially blamed on fan violence, but soon the truth began to emerge: how the fans had played a key role in the Tahrir Square revolution, how the authorities had been complicit in the fans’ deaths, and how their story reflected the truth of Egypt’s faltering revolution.
I spent many years reporting from Egypt, and this just tells one part of the story: How Ahly went on to win the African Champions League, even with the league suspended and with many of the club’s players still traumatised after witnessing the massacre themselves.
You can listen to the podcast here.
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