29
Aug

Estonian amateur club receives hero’s welcome

Fans of Estonian fourth-tier side Tartu JK Welco Elekter pulled out all the stops for their club’s season opener, greeting the players with a thunderous welcome that they’re most likely not used to.

Using flares, flags, firecrackers, a tifo (if you can call it that) and — best of all, the bone-chilling theme music from 2001: A Space Odyssey — the fans provided Welco with an atmosphere as bizarre as Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs.

No word on whether or not the thrilling support ended up in a Welco win or not.

(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)

28
Aug

Legia Warsaw fans protest UEFA sanctions with intense display

Away goals put Steaua Bucharest into the Champions League Group Stage over Polish side Legia Warsaw after a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. Although Steaua squandered a two-goal lead and let Legia battle back, the real fireworks started well before the opening kick:

UEFA, prompted by what the administrative body deemed “racist behavior by supporters,” sanctioned Legia Warsaw by closing a section of the stands in the team’s home arena, Polish Army Stadium, and fined the team €30,000.

The fans responded with a giant middle finger in the form of this massive demonstration, unfurling a large tifo that read “UEFA Ultra Extreme Fanatical Atmosphere,” before giving way to an onslaught of flares and fire crackers.

It’s certainly impressive and intimidating, and there are plenty of reasons to be upset with UEFA, but it’s important to remember the ban was imposed because of alleged racist behavior. So, no matter how cool it is to “stick it to the man,” maybe Legia fans should put their efforts toward ridding racism from their support section. Maybe.

(h/t Deadspin)

18
Jul

Olimpia fans unveil breathtaking tifo before Copa Libertadores match

Ahead of the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Olimpia and Atletico Mineiro, fans of the home side displayed an incredible tifo that stole the pre-game show.


The intimidating yet beautiful mosaic filled the stadium as Olimpia fans roared and fireworks burst wildly in the night sky. It was as intense a moment as you’ll find in world soccer.

The celebrations had begun before the game was even played. It is a safe bet, however, that they probably continued partying after Olimpia beat Atletico Mineiro 2-0, leaving the Brazilian club in a tough spot heading back to Belo Horizonte for the second leg of the final.

Surely, the Atletico Mineiro fans have something dazzling up their sleeves for the return leg.

27
May

The good, bad, and ugly from the Swedish Cup final

This weekend, IFK Goteborg defeated Djurgarden on penalty kicks in the Swedish Cup final, but it was the atmosphere off the pitch that was truly headline worthy.

The good: Djurgarden fans displayed an incredible tifo prior to the match (video above). With colorful smoke billowing out, the sign below read “The Gold is at the end of the rainbow.”

The bad: After losing the match in penalties, Djurgarden supporters took out their frustrations on anything they could. They took to rushing the field and started to destroy the stadium.

The ugly: In the chaos, they began to rip up seats and hurl them towards the field (video below). At one point, one of the seats hit a security guard in the head (0:44).

H/T 101GG