On the first day of Christmas….The best atmosphere

Welcome to our annual “awards” – celebrating all that is good about the game from our tours around the world.  By 31st December we will have seen 115 games in 2011, which as CMF reminds me is one almost every three days.  She would only get bored of me if I was at home every day anyway.  These are awards based on our opinion.  No votes, no favouritism (well, almost none), no trophies and no speeches. Last season’s nominations and winners can be found here.

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, an atmosphere so red-hot it will make you wee”

3rd Place – Brondby IF
A fantastic display in the two derbies we attended in 2011 against FC Copenhagen saw the Danes keep their place in the top three this year.  The sheer noise and flag waving needs to be seen to be believed at the Carlsberg Classico.

2nd Place – AIK
People who have no knowledge of Swedish football may dismiss it as pedestrian, laid back and functional – a bit like Ikea.  But attend any of the big games features IFK, Malmö FF or AIK and you will see what Scandinavian passion is all about.  The biggest game of the season is undoubtably the Stockholm derby, played at the Råsunda stadium (until the new Stockholm Stadion opens in November of course) where AIK meet rivals Djurgården.  The notorious AIK hardcore fans, The Black Army, prepare their displays for months and it shows.  Recent legislation has meant that if any flares are let off whilst the players are on the pitch then the game needs to be stopped, meaning this game is a long affair.  The noise and colour will make your ears ring, the hairs on your neck stand up and your nose fill with smoke.  Beautiful.
1st Place – Legia Warsaw
The first time I went I lost my hearing for about an hour afterwards, and that was at a game where they had the lowest attendance of the season.  Two weeks ago when the temperature plunged well below zero, thousands of the fans jumped, sang, hugged and generally got 100% behind their team dressed in white t-shirts.  If there ever was a “twelth man” theory then this was it in practice.  Most Polish fans, irrespective of their allegiance will begrudgingly say Legia have the best fans in Poland.  As someone who watches the game all over the world I can honestly say that they are the best that I have seen.

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19 thoughts on “On the first day of Christmas….The best atmosphere

  1. guuuys, the support during Legia’s game agaisnt Cracovia was rubbish, the worst one during whole this season, the guy on the ‘nest’ with a loudspeaker was scolding everyone around all the time for poor performance during the game:) it was irregular, not consistent and pretty quiet as for us, but still enough to be no 1:) peace

    • hi friends, I’m Polish and I apologize for my language. See here how LEGIA, has fun as the fans react. Remember the game manchester city of Poznan lech, fans laughed but then they just sang

    • I believe the information given here were just for the record and this opinion regarding a rather not “top notch” game is simply just.

      Happy New Year and more interesting games and grounds to see.

  2. You can find at least 30-40 teams from Germany for example who has better atomsphere than AIK Solna. Just saying.. Don’t get me wrong, the derby in Stockholm was nice, but Djurgården was better on the stands that game.

    • Haha, are you kidding me?
      You say that djurgården where better on the stands that game. Somewhere there, all your reliability disappears. Djurgården sucked that game. As always with other words.

      Everyone can talk on internet, but take a flight to Stockholm, experience a Stockholm-derby between AIK and djurgården, and you will see that AIK is in the top of the northern Europe. When we get our new arena, with decent acoustics, we will become the nr1. Both Bröndby and Legia has very good acoustics in their arenas. Råsunda does not have any good acoustics at all. There are not top-conditions on Råsunda.

      Germany…haha, lots of crowd – but atmosphere, hell no… Maybe Dynamo Dresden could take a place somewhere in the top, maybe the Austrian club Rapid Wien could, but the absolutely top, not a chance.

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