6 01 20

first_img1 CORITIBA’S GREEN HELLCan you imagine Plymouth Argyle fans creating this kind of ‘green hell’ at Home Park? Here, supporters of Brazilian club Coritiba put on an incredible display at a match against Flamengo…DINAMO ZAGREB’S BAD BLUE BOYSIt was at a match between Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb and Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade in 1990 that a riot broke out between the former’s ‘Bad Blue Boys’ and the latter’s ‘Delje’ fan groups, amid tensions in the former Yugoslavia. The violence that ensued was seen as the symbolic start of the 1990s Balkan war, that saw Croatia, Bosnia and other former Yugoslav republics gain independence. The Bad Blue Boys’ influence cannot be underestimated and they once went as far as boycotting their club’s matches for a year, in protest at the way the club is run. They continue to be a spectacular presence on the big occasions at the Maksimir Stadium…RED STAR BELGRADE’S ‘DELJE’European Cup winners and World Club Champions in 1991, Red Star Belgrade play at the Marakana (named after the world famous stadium in Rio, Brazil), where the most vociferous of their supporters create an intimidating atmosphere. Known as the ‘Delje’, which roughly translates as ‘Heroes’, this group had links with the Serbian paramilitary during the Balkan war in the 1990s. Today, with the club a shadow of the team that ruled Europe and playing in a poor domestic competition, the Delje take pride in creating a literally red hot atmosphere when their team face Partizan or appear in European competition.OLYMPIACOS’ ‘GATE 7’ ULTRASNamed in memory of the 21 fans who died in a disaster at Gate 7 of Olympiacos’ Karaiskakis Stadium in 1981, this group of supporters are among Europe’s most visibly spectacular. Known as the working class club of Athens, Olympiacos and Gate 7 have a fierce rivalry with the supposed aristocrats of Panathinaikos, but were silenced in 2011 when the club was forced to play a match behind closed doors after hundreds of fans invaded the pitch during a 2-1 derby win, when they attacked their rivals’ players.BESIKTASAnfield is famed for its atmosphere on European nights, but Liverpool’s travelling Kop had never heard anything like the noise created at the Inonu Stadium when they lost 2-1 to Besiktas in a 2007 Champions League group match. The Turkish fans reached a then-world record 132 decibels as they roared their team to victory, eclipsing the previous record set by Liverpool fans themselves at the 2005 Carling Cup final. Alex Ferguson has visited plenty of grounds around Europe, but even he was moved to describe the Besiktas support as making “the loudest noise I have ever heard”.GREMIO’S ‘GERAL DO GREMIO‘World Club Champions in 1983 and South American champions in 1995 under former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil’s Gremio are followed by fans famed for their frankly dangerous-looking ‘avalanche’ goal celebration. Here they are doing the avalanche in the club’s old Monumental Olympic Stadium…But if you thought that looked dangerous, take a look at the video below. It shows Gremio fans doing the avalanche in the club’s new stadium, the Arena do Gremio, back in January 2013. Unfortunately for the supporters, the new stadium’s steeper design wasn’t well suited to this crazy goal celebration and a barrier at the front gave way, leading to some people falling into the moat that separates the pitch from the stand. Luckily no one was seriously hurt, and extra barriers within that standing section have been installed to prevent this kind of surge happening again.MARSEILLE’S COMMANDO ULTRAS ’84Some English commentators dismiss the French league, but is there any English club with a set of fans as noisy as Marseille’s ultras? Commando Ultras ’84 is the name of the main ultras group, located within the lower tier of the south end and, with their organised chanting and choreos, they have given the Stade Velodrome a reputation for being one of European football’s most atmospheric stadiums, particularly when the club hosts their big rivals from the capital, PSG. In fact, away fans were banned from Marseille v PSG matches at both club’s grounds, due to the history of violence between the two.ARIS’ SUPER 3Aris Thessaloniki may not be one of the most famous clubs in Europe, or even among the most successful in Greece, but their fans – led by the ‘Super 3’ group – are truly a sight to behold. The Super 3 have loose links with Argentina’s Boca Juniors, but here they are showing Boca’s famed La 12 how to put on a fan display…RAPID WIEN’S TORNADOSLike most fans on this list, Rapid Wien (Vienna’s) supporters bring spectacular colour to their matches, despite playing in one of Europe’s lesser leagues. When Everton met Rapid in the 1985 Cup Winners’ Cup final, the Blues support in Rotterdam put the Austrians in the shade, but it’s doubtful that would happen now, after the Rapid Wien Tornados ultras were formed in 1996 to give this kind of support to their team… Serbia and Albania’s Euro 2016 qualifying clash saw some of the most unbelievable and unsavoury scenes in football for a long time as the match was abandoned amid a flurry of fights on the pitch and unrest among the ferocious crowd.Tensions exist between the two countries over Kosovo and that came to a head as a drone carrying a flag with a map of that region, alongside a Greater Albanian emblem, sparked ugly scenes in Belgrade.It’s not the first time Serbia has been the scene of a volatile football crowd – that’s a scene from a Red Star Belgrade match, above – but there needn’t be trouble to create a white hot atmosphere.Here, we present some of the craziest atmospheres in world football…PAOK’S GATE 4 ULTRASThe most vociferous supporters of Greek club PAOK are the Gate 4 ultras, a fan group founded in 1976 that supports the football team and the basketball side of the same name. Gate 4 has an affinity with the ultras of Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, while one of their songs, ‘O Paokara’ inspired Liverpool fans’ favourite, ‘Oh Campione’. What is the craziest atmosphere you’ve seen at a football ground? Comment below… Football’s craziest atmosphere last_img read more