Loved by few, hated by many, feared by all
– this is one of their mottos. Who are we talking about? Soccer hooligan gangs.
25. Dynamo Zagreb, Croatia Its major hooligan firm called The Bad Blue
Boys belongs to the worst soccer thug groups in Europe. They are also known for their vocal
and physical intimidation at soccer matches. The hard core of the group has hundreds of
members who fight with any enemy firm but their biggest rivals are hooligans of the
Red Star Belgrade. 24. Lazio Roma, Italy
This highly organized gang called Irriducibili is one of the most brutal in Italy. Infamous
for its fascist sentiments, this group even influences the transfer policy of the team
and sometimes meets face to face with poor performing players.
23. Slask Wroclaw, Poland Polish hooligans are sometimes considered
the most violent in the world with gangs often making friendly alliances. The battle of Wroclaw
allied with Gdansk and Wisla Cracow against Gdynia, Poznan and Cracowia Cracow in 2003
which turned out to be one of the biggest hooligan fights in history. 229 rowdies got
arrested, one was killed. 22. Galatasaray Istanbul, Turkey
The most famous Turkish hooligans. Their matches against their city rival Fenerbahce are among
the most dangerous in the soccer world. Two years ago, the Galatasaray thugs even attacked
the players of the other team. 21. Millwall FC , England
The soccer team is actually known only thanks to its violent fans. Their extreme rivalry
with West Ham United has even inspired several movies, one of them being The Green Street
Hooligans with Elijah Wood. Their motto: “Nobody likes us, we don´t care” is well known among
many other soccer fans. 20. Boca Juniors, Argentina
Boca Juniors against River Plate is frequently dubbed the biggest soccer game in the world.
It divides Argentina as much as Peronism does. Tradition, honor, history and class are all
ingredients that make it one of the most disputed matches in club football, both on and off
the pitch. Apart from fighting against the rival fans, Boca´s supporters can also create
an incredible atmosphere at the stadium. 19. Spartak Moscow, Russia
One of the oldest firms in Russia is Spartak’s Gladiators who were formed in 1996. Their
battle against St. Petersburg´s rowdies in 2005 was one of the greatest fights in hooligan
history with over 200 fighters on each side. 18. Manchester United, England
The oldest and most famous hooligan firm of Manchester United is the Red Army. Their activities,
however, as well as the English hooliganism in general, have declined since the late 1980´s
when The Red Army was at its best. 17. FC Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most popular soccer teams worldwide with tens of millions fans
all over the world. But when it comes to hooligan firms, they also have some. The most famous
and feared is called Boixos Nois. Some of its members have even been convicted for death
threats, murders, illegal firearms possession, extortion and drug trafficking
16. Sparta Prague, Czech Republic The most successful Czech soccer team has
several hooligan gangs such as “Prague Boys”, “Sparta Young”, or “Falanga”. Their most hated
enemy is the city rival Slavia Prague. Usually, these matches have to be secured by hundreds
of policemen. 15. Panathinaikos Athens, Greece
Balkan soccer fans are considered one of the most fanatical and Greek rowdies are no exception.
The most feared of Panathinaikos´ soccer thug firms is “Gate 13”. The same group also
supports the local basketball team. 14. Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands
There are many hooligan firms within this famous Dutch club. The most active is probably
the gang called “F – side”. This group took part in another historical hooligan fight.
In 1997, the F – side rowdies met with Feyenoord hooligans on a freeway. The fight was so severe
that the witnesses said it was a miracle that just one man died in it.
13. Wisla Cracow, Poland Another Polish team whose rowdies you should
avoid at all costs. Their fights against the hated city rival Cracowia Cracow are among
the most violent in Europe. Unfortunately, they sometimes result even in death casualties.
12. Glasgow Rangers, Scotland Rangers supporters are famous for their intense
rivalry with the city rival Celtic. In 2008, their favorite team played the UEFA Cup final
against St. Petersburg in Manchester and almost 100 000 of the Rangers fans traveled with
them. There were huge clashes outside the stadium and on the inside, one Russian fan
got stabbed. 11. Dynamo Dresden, Germany
There are not many well known hooligan firms in the German soccer league but if there are
some, Ultras Dynamo is definitely one of them. The hard core of the group forms hundreds
of active members who are menace to all other German fan clubs.
10. Flamengo Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flamengo is the most popular soccer team in
Brazil with about 40 million fans all over the country. Their matches against their biggest
rival Fluminense are huge events for the fans. In 1963, their match was watched by an incredible
195 000 spectators – the greatest number in soccer history. Flamengo´s most famous hooligan
gang is called Torcida Jovem-Fla. 9. Besiktas Istanbul, Turkey
Another Istanbul team that is known for their rough and thuggish fan base. Their rivalry
matches against Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are among the most brutal hooligan clashes.
8. Red Star Belgrade, Serbia Supporters of this team have one of the most
fearsome reputations in Europe. There are several hooligan firms within the Red Star
including Belgrade Boys and Zulu Warriors. 7. West Ham United, England
One of the team where hooliganism actually originated. The Inter City Firm is widely
regarded as the first properly organized hooligan group ever. Their fights with Millwall supporters
became notorious. 6. St. Petersburg, Russia
Along with the fans of the Moscow teams CSKA and Spartak, the most violent soccer fans
in Russia. The main hooligan group of St. Petersburg has seemingly innocent name Music
Hall but their members are enormous brawlers. 5. FC Zurich, Switzerland
Even Switzerland, the little elegant country has some hooligan issues. There are two irreconcilable
rivals in the capital city – FC Zurich and Grasshoppers Zurich , whose matches are the
so called “high risk games” requiring increased police presence in and around the stadium.
4. Universitario Lima, Peru This team´s hooligans are the most violent
in Peru and some of the most fearsome in whole South America. During Universitario´s matches,
several away fans have been killed. 3. Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine
Ukraine´s soccer clubs have been also facing significant hooliganism-related problems.
Shakhtar is one of the most popular Ukraine´s team but its rowdies are no less famous. Firms
like Weekend Team, The Club or Ultras 18 are feared by all other teams´ fans.
2. Juventus Torino, Italy One of the most successful Italian soccer
team has many fan, ultra and hooligan groups. A fan group called Drughi, for example, used
to have over 10 000 members. As for the hooligan firms of Juventus, the Vikings are one of
the most active. 1. Ferencvaros, Hungary
This soccer hooligan gang is among the most violent in Eastern Europe. Their most hated
enemies are the supporters of the rival city club Ujpest. Massive clashes of soccer thugs
armed with baseball bats, chains or tasers are quite common before and after, sometimes
even during these rivalry matches. Thumbs up and thank you for watching!