Leipzig is a medium size town ( 522.000 inhabitants ) from the Saxony region of Germany. From a football point of view , Leipzig has the big disadvantage of sharing the region with the bigger town of Dresden and it’s powerhouse football club , Dynamo Dresden. And if that’s not bad enough , the football fanbase of the city of Leipzig is split between two traditional local football clubs , Lokomotive Leipzig and BSG Chemie Leipzig , and a bullshit football club , Red Bull Leipzig.
All these three clubs are small clubs , playing in the 4th division ( Red Bull) and 5th (Lokomotive ), but ,at the moment , after declaring bankruptcy twice , being dissolved numerous times and changing its name a couple of times , BSG Chemie Leipzig plays in 7th division of German football.
But Chemie has a glorious past , from the times they used to play in Eastern-Germany’s first division , where they won the championship in 1951 and 1964 and the cup in 1957 and in 1966. This glorious past made it possible for the club to have loyal fans that followed the team all the way down to the 10th division , where they had to start over in 2008 , when the team was last reformed.
This extremely loyal fanbase is lead by the Diablos ultras group.
If , at the moment at least , everything about Chemie Leipzig is very small, everything Diablos do supporting their club is just HUGE !!!
“Small teams huge fans”…again. Today we are going to talk about the German club FC Carl Zeiss Jena.
So you take a small german town ( aprox 100.000 people live here) and a club with some history behind it ( has won silverware in the ex-DDR) but who’s playing for the last two decades in the lower leagues ( currently in the 3rd) and what do you get? Off course…some HUGE FANS !!!
Today in our series ” Small teams, huge fans” we’ll talk about S.S. Cavese 1919.
S.S. Cavese 1919 is a team from the Italian town of Cava de’ Tirreni. Everything here is small…the town has around 50.000 inhabitants ( small town for a guy who lives in a city of more than 2 millions) and the team….well…it’s biggest performance ever is finishing 6Th in Italia’s Serie B in 1983.
The club was even declared bankrupt in 1991 and had to start all over again in the lower leagues of Italian championship (Eccellenza). At the moment they are playing in Italy’s third league.
As i said before everything about this team is small….well…everything but their fans.
Anyone who has a passions for the ultras movement has heard about ACID BOYS Cavese, Nucleo Mods and other groups , and their iconic chant “Dale Cavese”.
Everything i could tell you about these guys doesn’t do them justice , so I’d better just show you.
In today’s section “Small teams , huge fans” we’re going to talk about F.K. Zemun team of Serbia. I’m sure everyone heard of Partizan and Red Star Belgrade, Serbia’s two giants, and even squads like Vojvodina Novi Sad, O.F.K. Belgrade etc, but who can honestly say that they’ve heard or know much about F.K. Zemun? I sure don’t.
All i know about this team comes from looking them up on the internet.
They’re currently playing in the Second League of Serbia (where they’re in 12th place), after playing their last couple of seasons in the 3rd league. According to Wikipedia they haven’t won any silverware and their biggest performance was playing the Cup’s final in 2008 ( they lost to Partizan).
With this kind of performance and having to share the Belgrade’s area with teams like Red Star, Partizan, O.F.K. and Rad it goes without saying that their fanbase isn’t exactly huge. But what they lack in numbers , they make up in quality. As an ultras enthusiast , always looking for ultras photos and videos from across Europe, every now and then i found photos of some serbian guys proudly displaying a peculiar combination of colours: Blue and Green. Now , to say that they make up a good crew would be a major understatement…they are simply great.
They are the Taurunum Boys and they support F.K. Zemun.
New category on our blog, and i belive the title speaks for itself. And we are starting with the team FC Catanzaro.
There’s not a lot to say about FC Catanzaro. As far as i know they haven’t won any silverware, didn’t qualify for any european cup, didn’t play in Serie A since the 80′s ( 1982 or 1983) and are now competing in the 4th italian league.
But the fans…man…