Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1UP to Chicago Fire Supporters

If you follow soccer websites and blogs as much as we do, you probably receive odd looks of concern from family and friends when you reveal this nugget of behavioral information. In addition to ridicule and suggestions of therapy, you would also be privy to one of the coolest videos tearing up YouTube.

Just prior to kick-off against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, the Chicago Fire’s Section 8 Supporters created an “Old School” tribute to Super Mario Brothers in life size animation. Check out the video below:

The only thing that could be more impressive than this would have been a giant controller acting out the classic up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a Konami Code. But that got us thinking, what would you call these displays of awesomeness whether supporting your team or some throwback NES  game?

So we got to thinking, what do they call these displays anyway? Our good friends at Wikipedia let us know that they actually an Italian word called Tifo which means, "any spectacular choreography displayed by supporters on the terraces of an arena or stadium in connection with a sport event." A quick search of YouTube and we have compiled what we like to call the "Top 5 tifo celebrations we could find by surfing the internet for 15 minutes!" (catchy title).

1. Our friends from South Korea easily hold down the top spot (and second too) with what is only described as "Tifo Incredible".

2. Again a shot of those crazy fans in Korea acting like a human LCD display.

3. From RC Strasbourg v Lyon in 2003, mixing bedsheets and fire.

4. One from the big boys, Barcelona v Real Madrid.

5. Lastly, one from the MLS, Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders.

Do you have any better tifos that you want to share? Send them to us at


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