5
Jul

GOOOOOOOOOOAL or GOAL? How hard does each World Cup nation celebrate?

Are you a fanatical or a silent celebrator? When your team scores a goal, do you go nuts, or will a simple fist pump do?

Thanks to the guys over at Quartz, we now have a breakdown of how the average fan celebrates their country scoring a World Cup goal. Their formula? The amount of extra o’s fans use on average in celebrating a goal on Facebook.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s Mexico who top the list ahead of a glut of South Americans, with a whopping 6.63 extra o’s on average. The United States can be found in the middle of the pack with 3.32 extra o’s celebrating the likes of Clint Dempsey and Julian Green bagging goals.

There are few surprises towards the bottom of the list, too. The United Kingdom (well, just England really), parted with just an extra 0.42 o’s in celebrating their World Cup 2014 goals. Mind, they did only have two to cry home about.

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(HT: WhoAteAllThePies)

2
Jun

Brazilian soccer club’s organ donor campaign makes amazing impact

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You really don’t have to do much to help save a life - all it takes is signing up to be an organ donor.

That’s exactly what Brazilian soccer club SC Recife has urged its fans to do for the past two years, and the impact their campaign has already made is nothing short of amazing.

According to the BBC, 66,000 fans have signed up for SC Recife’s special “Sport Donor” card, which can easily be obtained online. As a result, Recife — Brazil’s fifth largest city — has seen its waiting list for organs reduced to almost zero, and the influence can be felt all over the state of Pernambuco.

From the BBC:

"We used to perform from five to seven heart transplants a year, but last year we achieved 28… it was an incredible increase," says Fernando Figueira, director of heart transplants at Pernambuco’s Institute of Integrated Medicine.

"There is a very tight connection between the campaign and this rise."

A television ad titled “Immortal Fans,” which is also played before each of Recife’s home games at the Ilha do Retiro stadium, spearheads the effort. In the spot, supporters in need of transplants advocate for the cause by drawing on their mutual love for the club.

"I promise that your eyes will keep on watching Sport Club Recife," says one fan in need of new corneas.

"I promise that your heart will keep on beating for Sport Club Recife," says another, who requires a heart transplant.

The success of the campaign has been noticed around the world, and Sport Recife has even been contacted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. The two clubs are thinking about adopting similar campaigns, according to Jorge Peixoto Peixoto, the Recife’s vice president for social programs.

H/T Deadspin

31
May

Japanese fans boost away attendance with cardboard cutouts

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Japanese first division club Omiya Ardija doen’t have a huge fan base,  but certainly a creative one.

While Omiya’s home attendances rank among the lowest in the J-League year after year, a dozen or two of their most loyal fans traveled over 300 miles to a mid-week away game at Tokushima Vortis.

Perhaps ashamed of their small numbers, the group came up with a brilliant solution to boost their presence and undoubtedly the team’s morale — handmade cardboard cutouts!

As you can see, the attention to detail here is impeccable. Except for the whole “not having a face” thing. But the effort — from decking the cardboard fans out in jerseys, hats and even Hawaiian shirts, to handing one of them an actual drum — has to be applauded.

Plus, the cardboard still looks more realistic than what Italian Serie B side Triestina did a few seasons ago. Remember this?

(H/T and Images: Metro/Twitter)

5
May

Copenhagen fans take tifo game to whole new level

Stadium-wide tifos? That’s so ten years ago.

If you want to step your club’s tifo game up, take a lesson from FC Copenhagen. Ahead of their derby clash against rivals Brondby, the Danish side’s fans choreographed an enormously intricate, interactive tifo that will blow away any and all challengers. Literally!

Check it out:

First, the fans unfurl a giant banner picturing a cannon directed at Brondby’s home stadium, along with the message “The order has been given to shoot down the enemy.”

Then, a fan runs along the top of the banner with an actual ‘cannon ball’ attached to a fishing rod contraption, until said cannon ‘smashes’ into the rivals’ stadium. At that moment, the first layer of the tifo brilliantly drops away to reveal Brondby’s stadium on fire. For good measure, black smoke flares are set off as well. Finally, a third banner drops down with the message “Copenhagen is ours!”

Outstanding work all the way around, lads. Unfortunately, the derby ended in a draw, so Brondby technically got a share of the city after all.

H/T Washington Post

18
Apr

Wolves win over Rotherham nearly abandoned because of pitch invasions

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Perhaps Wolverhampton fans should take lessons from Brentford fans on how to properly invade the pitch, because on Friday they almost cost their club the match for spending too much time on the field.

The Wolves defeated Rotherham in a wild 6-4 victory, but it wasn’t without frequent interruption.

The invasions started small…

…but slowly got more and more out of hand, and eventually resulted in two huge invasions in the final minutes of the match:

Luckily for the club and that obnoxious group of fans, the referee was incredibly patient, because the madness could have cost them the match.

Wolves have said they expect a fine, and condemned the fans, but let’s be honest: they’re just as excited as everyone who ran onto the pitch on Friday. After all, they’re going back to the Championship!

(H/T SB Nation)

11
Mar

Trabzonspor fans get Fenerbahce match abandoned

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It’s well established that Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor don’t like each other very much, but hostilities reached a new high on Monday night. The home Trabzonspor fans caused their fixture against the Süper Lig leaders to be abandoned after throwing missiles onto the pitch without end.

The referee had already stopped the match twice — once in the 28th minute to allow police to deal with crowd violence and a pitch invader, then again shortly after play restarted — before he was ultimately forced to call the game off before halftime. The unruliness in the stands was simply too much to bear:

According to The Guardian, fans continued to clash with police in the aftermath of the match. The intense rivalry between the two sides started in the fallout of the 2010/11 title race, when Fenerbahce overturned a significant points deficit to steal the championship away from Trabzonspor on goal difference. Fener then became the subject of a high-profile match-fixing investigation that eventually saw club president Aziz Yildirim sent to prison.

Fan violence in the stands is nothing new in Turkish football, but perhaps  Trabzonspor officials should take a page out of their rival’s book and deal their fans an unconventional punishment: only let women and children attend the next home match.

7
Feb

Disabled Newcastle fan has season tickets pulled after missing first game in 13 years

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This story will not make Warren Barton happy.

A 65-year-old disabled grandmother and lifelong Newcastle United fan had her season ticket pulled from the club after missing her first match in more than 13 years!

Lilian Held, who lives just a few blocks from St. James Park, had given her ticket to Newcastle’s December fixture against Southampton to her son while she went on vacation. That way, she thought, her two granddaughters, who usually accompany her to the games, would still be able to attend with adult supervision.

Wait, it gets worse.

Midway through the first half of that game, stewards threw Lillian’s 29-year-old son out of the stadium for wrongly being in the seat designated for disabled fans, leaving his 14-year-old twin nieces all alone in the stadium!

OK, surely it can’t get any worse, right?

Wrong.

Upon returning from vacation, Lillian immediately attempted to retrieve her seized season ticket, only to be informed weeks later that her ticket had been sold to another fan. She could pay for a new one next season.

Appalled, Lilian told her story to local paper The Chronicle:

“I have sat in that seat for years. I’m a lifelong fan of Newcastle United and I worked for the club in the 1990s where I had my picture taken with Kevin Keegan.

“Going to the match is the only bit of social time I get. I live for those home games. Taking my ticket from me and selling my seat without giving me the right to even argue my case has completely ruined my year.”

After being bombarded with phone calls and messages after the newspaper ran the story on Thursday, Newcastle felt “compelled” to respond.

This is the club’s statement:

Mrs Held’s subsidized disabled season ticket was cancelled and a pro rata refund given for remaining games of the 2013/14 season following reports of alleged misuse and a subsequent investigation.

As part of this investigation, it was found that Mrs Held’s disabled season ticket seat was being used by an able-bodied supporter during the Newcastle United v Southampton fixture, which is against the terms and conditions agreed at sale.

Mrs Held remains welcome at St James’ Park and can reapply for a concessionary season ticket next season.

Really? There was no better way to settle this?

Well done, Newcastle. *Sarcastic applause*

Photo: Chronicle