From spreading righteous principles to showing off creativity, football’s tifo game has kicked up a notch over the years.
The Super Lig derby clash between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce went right down to the wire, as the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul fought for supremacy.
The match was a “blink and you miss it” sort of ordeal, which saw the visitors deliver the knockout blow in the form of a late winner by midfielder Miguel Crespo in the fourth minute of added time to put his side 2-1 ahead, much to the dismay of the home support.
Although they failed to secure the points, all was not lost as Galatasaray’s suave fan-art did win hearts across the football world.
Hosting the clash, Galatasaray’s NEF stadium was bejewelled with a ginormous tifo inspired by the viral show Squid Game.
The massive piece of artistry on display was a clear sign of provocation by the home fans, extending the challenge to their city rivals as a prelude to the game.
Although not as creative but definitely much more important, banners were also observed all the way at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, during the LaLiga encounter between Sevilla and Deportivo Alaves.
In an effort to extend their support to the countless metal workers striking in Cadiz, spirited Sevilla fans raised banners with the message – “El partido más importante se está jugando en Cádiz. Viva la lucha de la clase obrera”.
When translated into English, it reads, “The most important game is being played in Cadíz. Long live the struggle of the working classes.”
A sea of supporters in solidarity against the exploitation of the workers made for a wholesome spectacle and was fervently backed by emotional fans on social media.
The emotional rollercoaster didn’t end there, as the crowd was treated to an edge of the seat thriller which saw an extra time equalizer from Ivan Rakitic, as the home side salvaged a point from the tie.