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Who Are Ya? The Most Passionate Football Fans from Around the World.

September 07, 2015

- Grant Whittington

While all football fans are considered to be passionate about their favourite teams, there are some have a greater depth of feeling than others. For these supporters, football is as serious as life and death, with bad results and poor performances having a potentially devastating consequences for players, fans and managers alike.

Bill Shankly once said, “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

We take a look at the fans who follow the great Scot’s mentality…

1.       Brazil

Cast your mind back to last summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Amid a sea of noise and colour, the host nation progressed to the semi-final of the tournament on a tidal wave of emotion before meeting Germany in Belo Horizonte. What followed was the most chastening night in Brazilian football history, as the world’s most famous side was thrashed 7-1 in front of despairing and disbelieving fans. This reflected the other side of passionate support, as Brazilians from Sao Paolo to Corinthians shared their unrelenting grief.

2.       Scotland

Despite the plight of Glasgow Rangers in recent times, the clubs’ Old Firm rivalry with Celtic remains the driving force of Scottish football. This is a region where a rivalry genuinely transcends sport, with religious tensions and years’ of conflict ensuring that Rangers and Celtic fans will forever remain at odds. Even without this rivalry, however, these fans are among the most knowledgeable and passionate in the world, regularly recording attendances in excess of 50,000 regardless of what circumstances they find themselves in.

3.        Greece

In 2004, the Greek national team completed the coup of the century by winning the European Championships in Lisbon. Building their team on a solid defensive base, Greece narrowly defeated France and Portugal before lifting the trophy and leaving a youthful Cristiano Ronaldo in tears. This triggered wild celebration in Athens, which is home to numerous Greek sides and some of the most passionate supporters in the world. The city rivalry between Olympiakos and Panathanaikos is particularly intense, while AEK Athens also ply their trade their and regularly play in front of 70,000 enthusiastic fans.

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