Online bookmaker CrownBet.com.au ranks the best and worst soccer fans from countries around the world. View CrownBet’s list below.
Melbourne Victory have the North Terrace. Sydney FC have the Cove. Western Sydney have the RBB. Active supporter groups that give the FFA and their own A-League clubs a constant headache.
With the A-League season fast approaching, both Melbourne Victory and the Western Sydney Wanderers have made it clear that they won’t put up with their active supporter groups overshadowing the action on the field.
Flares, vandalism and fighting put both teams under scrutiny last season with the FFA issuing fines, banning individual supporters and threatening to deduct points from the team of those fans caught doing the wrong thing.
With the North Terrace removed from its’ traditional position at Victory and the Wanderers warning their ‘rogue element’ to curb their anti-social behaviour it’s natural to wonder how they stack up against other supporter groups in world football.
Let’s take a look at some of the best (and worst) ranked by CrownBet.com.au. Read more about CrownBet here.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (BUNDESLIGA)
Consistently highlighted as some of the best supporters in the world, the Bundesliga team recently offered free accommodation (#bedforawayfans) to travelling Monaco supporters after their Champions League match was postponed following the bombing of Dortmund’s team bus in April.
Their home ground, the Westfalonstadion has an average attendance of over 80,000 supporters with fans combining to form a menacing wall of yellow and black behind the goals.
LIVERPOOL (ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE)
The Reds have fans scattered all over the globe and never is this more evident then the huge crowds that come out to support Liverpool when they play outside Europe.
Playing recent matches in both Sydney and Melbourne to sell out crowds the iconic celebration of ‘You’ll never walk alone’ sung by their die-hard fans before the game made it very clear that Liverpool have an army of support in Australia.
Special Mention: BOCA JUNIORS (PRIMERA DIVISION ARGENTINA)
Take your pick of a handful of clubs that have turned the Ekstraklasa into a dangerous combination of nationalism, racism and violence.
Wisla Krakow were denounced for Nazi salutes from their travelling fans in an away game with AS Roma and in 1999 Dino Baggio (Parma FC) was stabbed in the head from a knife thrown by Wisla supporters. In 2006 eight people were killed in the ‘Holy War’ rival game between Krakow and MKS Cracovia. (bleacherreport.com)
In a truly fascinating article published in The Guardian (2016), Tobias Jones explored the deep links between the Mafia and ticket sales for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Juventus.
According to the investigation, Bianconeri staff give the ‘ultra’ fans tickets on credit and they then on-sold them at a premium, keeping the profit and paying the original price back when it was sold. In exchange the ultra supporters ensured a safe atmosphere at matches.
Remember also that in a 2012 Serie A match between Genoa and Siena, Genoa fans were so incensed at being down 4-0 at half-time that they blocked the entrance to the change rooms and demanded they return their jerseys!
Players broke down in tears when told that they were not ‘worthy’ to wear the clubs kit by Il Grifone (the Griffin) supporters.