Tifo, originally the Italian word for the phenomenon of supporting a sport team, is mostly used as a name for any spectacular choreography displayed by supporters on the terraces of an arena or stadium in connection with a sport event, mostly an association football match.
Tifos are most commonly seen in important matches, local derbies and rivalries and although the tradition originated at club teams, some national teams also have fans that organize tifos on a regular basis. Tifos are primarily arranged by an ultra grouping or a supporter club to show their love to the club, but are sometimes sponsored or arranged by the club itself.
The tifo culture, like the origin of its name, has its roots in Italy, and Southern Europe. It has much in common with the Ultras culture and appeared at the same time, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the first ultras group of Italy was founded, the Fossa dei Leoni (Milan). It has spread since and has taken over as the dominating football culture in Europe that in the 1970s and 1980s was held by the English culture.
Tifos can now be seen in most parts of Europe, from Portugal to Scandinavia and Russia. Still, the Italian, and Spanish tifos are dominating, with supporter groupings having a better economy and larger fanbase. Not surprisingly, North America has also witnessed the Tifo culture rise.
Materials used to create tifos include:
The tifo is often displayed for only a few minutes, often when the teams enter the pitch or at the start of the match. Planning a tifo can range large ones from taking several weeks, and several days before the match to prepare, costing large sums of money, to smaller tifos where the supporters hold up their scarves at a certain time and throwing confetti in the air, taking only a few minutes to prepare.
Grand display at Qwest Field took village to artfully create; ''Unbelievably cool'' tifo was work of Emerald City Supporters.(Sports)
May 18, 2011; Byline: Joshua Mayers; Seattle Times staff reporter The display spanned almost 26,000 square feet. It took roughly 3,200 man...