Across Europe, atmospheres at soccer stadiums vary from the calm to the extreme. Oftentimes, the passion at the more extreme stadiums can drive the intensity on the pitch.
Fans in countries like Poland, Germany and Croatia build up a remarkable atmosphere at each game regardless of opponent. Unfortunately, some countries have a reputation for taking their passion too far, inciting violence via hooliganism or racism. Take, for example, Hungary. Hungarian supporters threw objects and flares on to the field while also hurling racist abuse at players like Raheem Sterling or Jude Bellingham.
Looking past these bad apples, a number of supporter groups throughout Europe build up atmospheres that spark fear into visiting teams. This goes across Europe, not just those countries outside the ‘top-five leagues.’
Liverpool, as an example, has one of the best home crowds in England. The Kop End has seen some dramatic moments throughout Liverpool’s European history. Undoubtedly, the fans played something of a role inspiring the players on the pitch.
Similarly, Celtic and Rangers make each game in the Scottish Premiership dramatic via their fans. Old Firm is a whole different story with that intensity.
What do you think are the best atmospheres in all of Europe?
Everybody will have a bias saying their favorite club has the best atmosphere. As a Barcelona fan, I would not be one to say that. See the second leg of the quarterfinal with Eintracht Frankfurt as ‘Exhibit A.’ Still, there is a case to be made for big clubs like Liverpool, or smaller clubs (relatively speaking) like Valencia or German side St. Pauli.
Regardless, in the comment section below, let us know your favorite atmospheres to watch on TV. Or, if you have had the opportunity to travel to any of the more prominent game locations, we appreciate any and all stories.
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