10 Football teams with the best fans in the World
As the most popular game in the world, played and watched by the highest volume of people across every race worldwide, football fans have also established a culture of support for their players, coaches, clubs and other parts of the football machinery that helps to deliver high-quality entertainment for billions of fans of the professional game.
In the past, the part of the club’s fanbase that attended its games on weekly tickets bought out of a significant chunk of the household budget was the primary target audience for the game. With the revolution that satellite television has brought to professional sports, now these clubs have a way to extend their reach into other avenues and markets, resulting in popularization of the game in previously dormant footballing regions like interior countries of Africa, Asia and Oceania.
The following parameters have been used to determine the best fanbases for the purpose of this article:
- Stadium atmosphere
- Travelling support
- Treatment of legends and current players;
1. Borussia Dortmund:
For a city with a population hovering around the 500k figure, the Wembley stadium authorities offered a total of 44,000 tickets for the UEFA Champions League final in 2013. They received over 450,000 enquiries for these tickets, which indicates that nearly 90% of the city’s population was willing to travel from their Rhineside homes to see their heroes through the biggest game of their club careers.
This, by itself indicates an immensely high level of deep-rooted love for the club among the fanbase.
Dortmund fans are reputed also for their amazing support while travelling, as 20,000 of them travelled to Madrid for the second leg of the semifinal that year and cheered their team past Real at their home stadium.
The Westfalonstadion, now called the Signal Iduna Park, witnesses an average turnout of over 80,000 spectators in every game, which is consistently among Europe’s highest figures. They are a nice, well-behaved fanbase, which succeeds in establishing a bond with the localities even in travelling game.
Even though they’re a predictable pick for this top spot, the reasoning behind this is quite obvious to most football fans.