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The 10 craziest football fans in the world

Modified 10 May 2014
Top 5 / Top 10

To have a good atmosphere at a football game, you need a good on-field showing and a good off field showing. Both are inter-connected. A good showing by the fans involving loud chants, songs and pyro shows an immediately boosts the team when its down, a case in point being Liverpool‘s infamous comeback from 3 goals down over AC Milan to clinch the 2005 UEFA Champions League.

Please note that the top 10 is only a way of writing it, all these fans and many more supporter groups are almost at the same level.

10. Ultras SSC Napoli:

Ultras Napoli against Manchester City

Ultras Napoli against Manchester City.

They make sure to fill up the Stadio San Paolo whenever they can. They made it hell for Manchester City last week, and their pyro show isn’t bad either. However there is an ugly side to this support as post games, there have been stabbings of other supporters and such violent activities. Against Bayern Munich, they threw flares into the German’s section while against Manchester City, a 19 year old City fan was slapped.

However, these are only a small section of fans and should not be considered as the same as the rest of the 60,000 loyal fans who show up week in, week out.

9. Gate 13

Panathinaikos fans.

Panathinaikos fans.

Hardcore supporters of the Greek giants Panathinaikos AO, they, as the name suggests, enter the stadium via Gate 13. Formed in 1966, they are the oldest supporters in Greece and arguably one of the oldest in the world.


8. Ultras Ahlawy

Al-Ahly S.C. supporters

Al-Ahly S.C. supporters organising one of their shows.

These are the fans of the Egyptian side Al-Ahly S.C.  Arguably the best fans in Africa, they have organised pyro shows and made banners not only for their club but also for their national side. They are also the biggest supporter group in Egypt and came out in large numbers during the Egyptian protests again former President Hosni Mubarak.

Like many other Ultras groups all over the world, they have also come up with merchandise.

7. The Kop

 Liverpool fans

The Kop.


Loyal Supporters of Liverpool FC. They are not violent and not an Ultras group, but just a bunch of good ol’ lads wanting to create an excellent game day atmosphere. Present wherever The Reds play, they make themselves heard with their amazingly well thought out chants. The most popular ones being “Dalglish,” which refers to the name of Liverpool legend and current manager(as on 26/11/11) Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Dalglish and “The Fields of Anfield Road.”

6. Celtic Fans

Celtic fans.

Fans roaring at the Celtic Park Stadium.

These are fans of the Scottish side Celtic F.C. They too, like The Kop, are not Ultras. At the 2003 UEFA Cup Final against F.C. Porto in Seville, they had an estimated number of about 80,000 fans who traveled from Scotland to cheer their team on in Spain. Though Celtic lost the game, their fans won numerous awards including the Fair Play Award for the great turnout by the fans and their impeccable behaviour.

They have a signature style of cheering their team on, called “The Huddle” which ironically involves them turning their back on the game, putting their arms around each other and jumping up and down.

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Published 27 Nov 2011, 13:12 IST
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