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  1. There is an opinion that with the development of humanity and the general growth of civilization in the world, there is a sublimation of intraspecific aggression and competition into increasingly safe forms for life. That is, if earlier people fought in order to resolve intraspecific conflicts, now this is not necessary at all. There are other methods of suppressing the enemy, for example, economic ones: The West, instead of going to war on Russia, strangles it with sanctions.

    Similarly, sport is one of the ways to channel aggression into a less destructive form than armed conflict. There is an element of competition here, an adrenaline rush, and entertainment. And, as in war, there are friends and there are strangers. They cheer their own people, and boo others. And if a stranger is trespassing on your territory, all the more important is to let him know who is in charge. Any athlete will tell you that playing away is psychologically harder.

    Therefore, fans identify themselves with “their “team – since our animality has not gone away, we need” our own “and”others'”. And in order to identify “their own” and not lose the emotional connection with “their team” during the inter-match period, fans wear the attributes of their football club.

    There is another explanation that does not contradict the previous one, but complements it. If we look closely at sports and religion, we will see many similarities. Its own gods and saints, its own religious wars and martyrs who died in them, its own attributes and rituals, its own mass services (matches) and spells (chants) and many more parallels can be drawn.

  2. You can't help but root for the club you like. For the same reason, people become fans of bands, go to concerts, take theater subscriptions, although they also have nothing in common. If you love music, you have your favorite bands; if you love movies, there are the most attractive actors/directors. It's the same with sports. If you like to watch football, sooner or later you will start liking someone. And naturally, when a person likes a particular team, he wants it to win. You just start liking a certain club (although mostly the club is not chosen, it happens somehow by itself, it consists of your environment, place of residence, etc.). And you try to tell people who spend half their salary on season tickets, paraphernalia, flights for the team, plan their weekends/days off/life based on the championship calendar that they have nothing in common. For many, this love is passed down from generation to generation. If the love of football did not appear in childhood, then the choice of the club is just a matter of taste, who likes whose style of play. Then, of course, there is no need to talk about any connection with the club. You just root for them to enjoy watching football. In general, fanaticism (not just sports) is hard to explain, you just want it.

    PS Although there are, of course, people who play football, but without addiction to any team.

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