Around the world football supporters are the most passionate sports fans. In the Stony Monday Riot no one particular culture supporter culture is dominant. We want our passion to be reflected by who we are and where we come from. But we still are influenced by international football culture. From time to time we will share some videos from the best of international football culture. Today we are highlighting supporters countries playing 2014 World Cup Qualifying matches.
Republic of Ireland
With a 2-1 loss to Sweden at home last Friday, Ireland stands in fourth-place of group C with 11 points and on the edge falling out of World Cup contention. Both Austria and Ireland are in a must win situation to keep their hopes of a trip to Brazil alive. Irish supporters, however, are amongst Europe’s most loyal. When losing 4 – nil to Spain during the 2012 Eurocup finals, Ireland supporters filled the Gdansk Arena with an 8 minute rendition of the Fields of Athenry, one of the most emotional moments of the tournament:
Playing away in the United States, Mexico is also needing to win. Their disappointing campaign for a World Cup spot most recently continued with a very uncommon loss to Honduras at home in the Estadio Azteca, once thought to be an intimidating fortress for Mexico. Manager de la Torre was fired. The team now travels to face arch rivals USA hoping to climb into third place in the hex and a guaranteed spot in the World Cup.
In Mexico, organized supporters groups are known as “porras” and “barra bravas” like most groups in Latin America. Supporters use bombos -drums-, trumpets, vuvuzelas, air-horns and simple chants to create a wall of noise. Mexico supporters also invented the wave during the 1986 World Cup, giving for the first time a chance for seated fans to stretch and be a ‘part’ of the stadium ‘experience’.
Surprise semi-finalists of the 2010 World Cup Uruguay are once again sitting in the play-off spot of the South American qualifications. After a strong start, the ticos lost their way but a series of scrappy wins have pulled the Uruguayans back into contention for direct qualification. Led by a pair of the world’s best strikers, Edison Cavani and Luis Suaréz, it would be a surprise if Uruguay could not find itself in Brazil in 2014. A win against Peru at the Estadio Centenario, host of the original World Cup in 1930, could put Uruguay in tie with Ecuador for points in fourth-place.
Sharing supporter culture with Argentina across the River Plate, Uruguay’s supporters will sing using melodies borrowed from the “hinchadas” of the region’s professional football teams. The hinchada of Uruguay celebrating their 2011 Copa America championship:
National teams are usually tame compared to professional teams (look for videos of the hinchada of Peñarol of Montevideo); we will likely feature the more intense supporters from these countries and many others.