On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, an atmosphere so red-hot it will make you wee.
The best atmosphere we have seen in 2010 is quite a difficult one to judge as in many games there are times when the atmosphere is cranked up to 11 due to a goal, a controversial incident or simply hatred against an opposition player, team or set of fans. It is also related to the number of fans in the ground. So a ground of 50 vocal fans in a crowd of a few hundred will generate a fair amount of noise. But for us, the three teams below generate an impressive noise, show and support wherever they go, home or away.
Malmö FF- For the past few years things haven’t been too rosy for Malmö FF. They had seen their dominance from the late 1980′s under Roy Hodgson disappear, unable to compete with the new challengers like Kalmar and Elfsborg. Crowds at the old Malmö stadion started declining and the outlook was bleak. But then things changed. A new ground was built behind the old stadium and Roland Nilsson took over team affairs and since they haven’t looked back. This season saw The Blues snatch the title from bitter rivals Helsingborgs in front of packed crowds at the Swedbank Stadion. And do they love a show? Oh yes. Noise, colour and inventive fan behaviours. Every game is a different show and you will be a fool to miss it. Get there or be square!
FC United of Manchester – “Bring on United”…repeat to fade. I guarantee that days after visiting Gigg Lane, Bury to watch FCUM you will still be singing that little line such is the noise, passion and commitment the home fans sing the song from five minutes before the kick off. What FCUM have built is special. A community borne out of frustration, to quote James, who have a common vision and goal. And the fans respond with noise the like that Gigg Lane has not seen since Gracie Fields launched her new album there. Flags decorate every spare section of the ground to show the passion and the songs carry on for the whole 90 minutes. Just imagine when (and not if) the crowds are five times the size. Deafening!
Brondby IF – On the field Brondby have seen any chance of getting the better over bitter rivals FCK disappear into the ether. Their dominance of the domestic game is growing season upon season, and their run to the second stages of the Champions League will only see them get richer at the expense of the league. However, one area where they do have the edge is the passion created off the field. Go to any game at Brondby stadium and take a place on the Faxe Tribune and you will literally feel the stand shaking underneath your feet. Follow them across down to Parken for the Copenhagen derby and you will see real atmosphere.