5 clubs with famous football ultras
There are some football fans who take the word 'passion' to another level. Here are the most infamous ultras in the world of football.
A football club is defined by its fans. Players will move on, managers will inevitably depart, but the fan base is always there. Some supporters regularly capture the attention of the media courtesy of their outlandish, off-field antics and sizzling passion in the stands.
A select group earn the reputation of 'ultras', those who are so dedicated to the cause of backing their boyhood club that they'll risk life and limb to instil their side with that touch more confidence on match day. There are a number of fans so committed that they immediately spring to mind upon mention of their club. Here I cast an eye over five of the most infamous ultras in the world of football.
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#5 Lech Poznan
While it might not be the most glamorous or captivating league around, Poland’s top flight is packed to the rafters with ardent, obsessive fans. From Wisla Krakow to Legia Warsaw, the Ekstraklasa is home to some of the most fearsome supporters in the game. While being in the midst of the treacherous ‘Holy War’ derby contested by arch rivals Krakow and KS Cracovia would be putting your life in danger, a slightly friendlier bunch of fans can be found scattered across the Greater Poland region in the form of Lech Poznan die-hards.
With one of the largest followings in the country, Lech Poznan are one of the few clubs who are perhaps less famous than their fans. As animosity tends to outweigh love in football, it might be surprising that said supporters share friendships with a handful of other fans, including those of Arka Gdynia and the aforementioned KS Cracovia, which has incidentally lead to the formation of rivalries with nemeses of both the former and the latter.
Ultimately, it’s the prominent goal celebration ‘The Poznan’ which has shined the spotlight on this group of football fanatics, though. It entails the crowd turning their back to the pitch, joining arms and jumping up-and-down as one. Manchester City employed it after meeting the Poles in the Europa League group stage, while it’s also being tried out in other numerous stadiums across the continent.
There have been both highs and lows from this set of supporters. Despite a 1-0 defeat in this year’s Polish Cup final to Legia Warsaw, their spirits were high throughout the game and their use of plumes of smoke and various banners being erected prior to the game formed an unforgettable spectacle.
On the contrary, the refusal of many Poznan fans to attend a Europa League clash with Belenenses last season after UEFA announced €1 from every ticket purchased would go to the aiding of refugees outlines a completely different side. Politics aside, though, these fans always seem to be in the news, most of the time for the right reasons.