Giovanni Francesio was born in 1970. He began going to the football stadium at the age of six, and never stopped. For many years he was an ultràs, a fanatical football supporter. He cannot say that he still is today, because he almost never attends away matches; but if he would still do it if he could. In 2007 he published the book Tifare contro. Una storia degli ultras italiani. He is not a journalist by profession.