As we all know Italy is the land of passion, football and culture. So some creative genius here at Forza Italian Football decided to combine the peninsula’s best three assets into one weekly article, focusing on the choreography and the ultras culture of the past weekend.
The Roma tifosi arrived in Bologna in party spirits, it’s just a shame that no one told the Rossoblu that they were invited. The Giallorossi fans engulfed the away section of the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in a blanket of smoke and lights as they unleashed an arsenal of smoke grenades and flairs upon what was previously a sleep and tranquil evening in Emilia-Romagna
Not to be out done by their city rivals, Lazio fans took to the streets in their thousands before their home fixture against Sassuolo. Although the Biancocelesti tifosi were far from in a party mood. Their displays of flags and banners that swamped the Capital and the Olimpico were fuelled by hatred and frustration, most of which was directed at their ever increasingly unpopular president Claudio Lotito. Outraged by their president’s recent running of the club the Ultras decided to make their feelings clear by producing thousands of “libera la Lazio” or “Free Lazio” flags and anti Lotito banners.
Juventus – Torino
At most derbies you can expect a certain degree of impressive Choreography to be present, but last weekend’s Turin derby unfortunately came up pretty short of the mark. Much of the talk amongst ultra circles claim that due to ticket pricing, sponsorship ticket allocation and over the top security measures in place at the new Juventus stadium “the real fans” are such a small minority of the stadiums huge attendances and with it there is a distinct lack of passion. Although, it was nice to see small pockets of fans did make the effort, even if some of the banners on display were disrespectful as Juventus fans mocked the Superga tragedy.
When the Veronese traveled travelled to Livorno everyone expected a pretty hostile atmosphere, historically the two clubs are polar opposites when it comes to each others views on political, social and cultural beliefs. So it was a somewhat pleasant surprise when the coaches arrived carrying the travelling Verona fans, who, at first glance, looked like a looney toons convention. It later emerged that the idea of turning up in Livorno dressed in ridiculous or childish outfit was a witty dig at the people and the city’s attitude to social integration and lack of seriousness in political matters.
Although very few Atalanta fans traveled to Udine at the weekend, a small pocket of La Dea tifosi did make their way up to Turin to make their presence known and show their respect at the funeral of former player Ezio Burtuzzo. Claudio Galimberti – The Bocia – the leader of the Curva Nord was joined by fellow ultras, friends and family as they proudly displayed a banner to say farewell to the former Atalanta striker, who died just age 61, in his home town just outside Turin. ‘Ezio Gol’ made over 100 appearances for the Orobici and scored 28 goals during two spells at the club.
Ciao Grande Bomber