Do you think you’ve ever seen a really awesome, or really big tifo display at soccer game?
If you answered “yes” to the above question, the supporters of Independiente Medellin (Colombia) think that’s pretty funny, because they’ve got a giant tifo that covers their entire stadium — all 45,000-plus fans inside.
The above video is drone footage taken at the club’s Estadio Atanasio Girardot Medellin prior to Saturday night’s game against Deportivo Cali. The banner was created and displayed as a tribute for the club’s 101st birthday, which was Friday, the day before.
Look. At. This.
Let’s face it: if I left this post as the video and those three words, it would accomplish its purpose. Holy smoke!
How did the Galatasaray supporters pull off this Tifo before Wednesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund? How?!?
Granted it didn’t spur the Turks to victory — Dortmund rolled to a 4-0 road win — but my goodness, was it impressive.
What’s your favorite Tifo display?
If titles could be won by tifo, AC Milan would’ve ensured a place in Europe on Saturday.
Prior to the club’s match-up against Juventus, Milan supporters rolled out a giant display that featured both the UEFA Champions League trophy and the scudetto with the phrase (roughly translated from Italian):
“A year of rage to be great again.”
Oh, go get it, Milan.
See the display below:
AC Milan’s eighth place finish last season was their worst since a 10th place year in 1997-98. This is the club’s first year without any European football since the following season.
The two clubs are scoreless in the second half.
In a sport where there has been plenty of fan violence in the past few weeks, let alone history, we’re always cautious when showing off anything incendiary. When a rivalry match ends with a 200-person brawl outside the stadium, then the incendiary stuff better be exceptionally well done.
Well that’s what Deadspin brings us from the FC Copenhagen match against Brondby this weekend.
Copenhagen’s fans bring forth an elaborate tifo, complete with a fan running a “cannonball” from a cannon into a painting of Brondby’s home stadium. That takes down half the “stadium,” as a second cannonball brings the whole thing down in time for smoke bombs to make it look like a real siege.
Look: no one’s advocating the actual demolition of Brondby’s stadium. This is symbolic. And if some nutcase was whacked enough to want to do that, he wouldn’t be using a cannonball.
Is it better than the giant Uncle Sam from last year’s U.S. World Cup qualifying or the Dinamo Bucharest display from last year? We’ll let you decide… but this was undoubtedly art:
Four years ago, the word “tifo” wasn’t a part of the lexicon in Major League Soccer. Thanks in part to Seattle and Portland, however, supporters’ huge, choreographed displays are becoming more comment, getting more recognition, and are even starting to become a greater presence at U.S. Men’s National Team matches. The Pacific Northwest didn’t invent tifo, but it seems to have raised the art’s profile within Major League Soccer.
The part we don’t see: The effort behind the product. When you see a huge display cover an entire flank of a soccer stadium, you instinctively know it took a lot of work. But until you see just how much time, effort, imagination, coordination and material goes into the task, it’s hard to have a true appreciation for what goes into a display.
Having never created one, I probably I have little idea the dedication that’s needed. What little I know confirms what we see as they’re rolled out. Regardless of the message, each display that manages to cover the north end at JELD-WEN or south stands at CenturyLink is an achievement – the culmination of a daunting effort fans give in support of their club.
Now, thanks to a new short film from MLSSoccer.com, fans across the country can get a better idea of the effort behind the displays, though “Tifo: Inside the Timbers Army” isn’t solely about the art. Near 15 minutes in length, the film gives fans unfamiliar with the area some idea about Cascadia’s broader MLS culture.
But “Tifo” (embedded, above) isn’t the only recent MLS-related film out of the Pacific Northwest. Last month Levy Films aired their Sounders documentary to a sold-out theater of Seattle soccer fans (here’s a taste).
Just as they challenge each other on the field and in the stands, Cascadia’s siblings have found a way to rival each other in film – much to our viewing pleasure.