For active fans, football is not just a game of eleven abstract athletes. Football is love for life, it is the unity of thousands of hearts, it is finally a reason for pride in your country and your club. Today’s problems of the home team and hopes for a bright future echo the fan sector with plots from the glorious past.Therefore, the story – one of the favorite themes of creativity football fans.
Many fan-movements of Russia use symbols taken from history, which become peculiar talismans. For example, for the torsids of the Moscow Spartak, the gladiator has long become such a talisman. The symbol is quite successful – firstly, a tribute to the name of the club, and secondly, it personifies strength, courage and readiness to fight to the end.
Opponents of red-and-whites also beat up the theme of the uprising of Spartacus. For example, the fans of the Moscow “Lokomotiv” portrayed the players and the coach of their team in the form of Roman legionnaires who suppressed the very uprising. The Spartacists were addressed an inscription in English: “Your eternal Rome”.
Krasnodar fans do not forget about their Cossack roots, about Zaporozhtsian ancestors. Therefore, in the sector “Kuban” you can often find an image of a Cossack with a characteristic forelock. In addition, the Kuban ultras prefer the pre-revolutionary name of the city – Ekaterinodar.
Fans of Vladikavkaz “Alania” also turn to their history: at the match with the Moscow Region “Saturn” a huge canvas was unveiled devoted to the Alanian tribes who inhabited the Caucasus in the Middle Ages.
At the games of the Russian national team, fans of different clubs unite, and the hostility between them stops. “Go to Kiev!” (That is, at Euro 2012), the Russians urged before the match with Ireland not anyone, but Minin with Pozharsky.
At the Euro Russians then passed. True, they did not get to Kiev, but they did get to Warsaw. For the match with the Poles. The local “kits” (the local name of the fans) have particularly “warm” feelings for Russians. That day was remembered by numerous clashes of locals and guests. And the banner “This is Russia” with the fierce Old Russian warrior fully corresponded to the general atmosphere.
On the penultimate championship, another “old acquaintances”, the Swedes, Russians were reminded of past victories over them …
… and for convincingly demonstrated the portrait of Peter I. Apparently, it helped (Russia then “lost” Scandinavians no worse than under Poltava – 2: 0).
Not everyone liked the performance at the Russia-Germany match as part of the selection for the South African World Championship 2010. Then, in the bowl of the Luzhniki Stadium, they stretched a banner based on the famous poster “Motherland Calls!”. Many considered such use of symbols of the Great Patriotic War blasphemy.
We have to admit that in the desire to tease their opponent, fans often “go too far.” One of such “excesses” was the banner on the guest sector of “Spartacus” at the match with the Prague “Sparta” five years ago. It was captured tank and the inscription in Czech: “We have returned.” An obvious hint of the tragic events of the “Prague Spring” of 1968 (when peaceful demonstrations were brutally suppressed by Soviet troops using tanks) provoked a serious scandal.
No less scandalous are the images of Alexei Yermolov used by Russian fans mainly at games against the Caucasian teams (the conqueror general of the Caucasus was known for the cruel treatment of the local population, including the peaceful population). This greatly exacerbates the already difficult relationship between Russian and Caucasian fans.
However, as it turned out, not only the history of wars and confrontations interests the Russian ultras. They are not alien and a sense of beauty. For example, at one of the performances of “Spartacus” it was possible to contemplate a reproduction of the masterpiece of the Renaissance – Michelangelo’s painting “The Creation of Adam”, which was “tailored” to the football theme. True, it soon became clear that the Muscovites “borrowed” this idea from the torsida of Real Madrid.