I truly enjoyed reading this story by Buford. He presented the experience he had in a way that kept the reader interested while still getting at the bigger part of the story which was the intensity with which some soccer players support their teams. He also met, and elaborated, on many different characters and presented them in a multidimensional way in order to give the reader a better understanding for how they act in and around the crazy soccer setting. To do this he talked a bout when he met them and other instances, whether he had been there to experience them with them or had heard about them. Giving multiple stories on one person helps a reader get a better understand as to the kind of reader they are learning abou t.
My question echos many of the ones already posted: how does one get to be involved with a situation like this? To me it would seem like the accelerated intimacy compared to that of contaminated access. Simply because while one of his friends knew someone on the team, does not mean (I believe) his access was contaminated. Because not only was he looking into the ways of the fans, but he had to infiltrate the team.
Either way...great story