Tornado Zadar ( Article )

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Tornado Zadar ( Article )

Postby Irascibil » Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:10 pm

Tornado Zadar was founded in 1965, being one of the oldest ultra groups in this part of Europe. Zadar is known as the "city of basketball", and is one of the few cities in Europe in which basketball is by far the main sport, and because of this the ultras in Zadar mainly follow BC Zadar. With their fanatical and somewhat religious support, Tornado have been a trademark of Zadar for the last 40 years, becoming sinonimous for loud, tempermental and uncontrolable support.
Being on the forefronts of organised support, Tornado was among the first to organise fans travelling to away games, including European away trips (1968 Madrid, and 200 Tornado in Varese 1972, where there was a fight with the Italian tifosi). This lasted until the riot and fight with Yugoslav police in Ljubljana 1972, after which police forbid Tornados transfers to away games! During the 80's with the return of player Krešimir Ćosić to Zadar, Tornado once again strengthened. There would even be around 2000 fanatics at trainings. Those years Tornado rioted in Ljubljana again, while away transfers to Zagreb were still "easy terrain". One of the most important years for Tornado was 1986, when Zadar became league champions defeating Cibona, who had just become European Champions. There were around 1000 Tornado fans in Zagreb who had come to support their team. Right at the beginning of the match a fight with the police broke out. On the court, after a tense match Zadar managed to win, despite being heavy underdogs. After their triumph, there was fanatic celeberation of 50 000 people in the city center (the city of Zadar had cca 60 000 citizens at that time). Again in 1988, before the game with Cibona there was a fight with the BBB in Zagreb and the next year (prior to war breaking out) Tornado was involved in fights with the Delije and Yugoslav police in Knin.

Tornado was also briefly active at football, even though it was not as popular in Zadar as basketball. In 1988, in the second yugoslav division, at the game against Spartak Subotica, FC Zadar was cheated and Toranado broke down the fence in anger and invaded the pitch. After this incident Zadar was banned playing at its Stanovi Stadium and fell out of the league.

In Zagreb, 1990. Tornado once again took part in fighting with the BBB during a game against BC Zagreb. Shorty after this many members of Tornado joined the Croatian army and went into war against the serb agression, many sacrificing their lives in defence of our country. The city of Zadar suffered greatly during the war, surrounded and isolated by the serbs, without electricity and water, suffering horrible damage. 1992. will be remembered by the dramatic transfer to Zagreb, when Tornado was followed by mortar grenades, and the bus of Zadar players shot. However, not even this could stop the Zadar ultras.

During the 1995/96 season, Tornado followed FC Zadar at football more actively, turning Zadar into tough terrain for rival teams and supporters of who, not a few, left without their scarves, banners or flags. The competition at football was good for Tornado, since there was no real equals "indoors" in this part of europe, and abroad. Even despite not being the main sport in Zadar, Tornado was awarded the "Football oscar" for best supporter group in Croatia at football terrains for the 1997/98 season!

In the '98 seson, BC Zadar once again strengthened. During the Croatian championship playoff game against Cibona, a member of Tornado could not stand the theft and injustice that was going on and attacked the referee. The game was ended and Zadar banned one game without spectators. Tornado then organized a protest called "Zadar Open", to raise money and help the club pay the fine, as well as to support Zadar, regardless of not being allowed inside. Around the arena, while the game was being played without them, 40 000 people sang, cheered, lit flares, smoke bombs and other pyro and supported Zadar for hours before and after the game. Zadar Open was even televised by CNN, bringing Tornado to TV screens all over the world. Zadar however, lost once again.

1998/99. Zadar won the Croatian Cup in Zagreb, supported by 1500 members of Tornado. The next year, the leaders of Tornado retire and along with them almost the whole core of the group, which was a terrible blow. This led to a shock, and an inevidable fall in quality while many tried to be leaders. Tornado continued to support Zadar, however these were years of "searching" for ourselves, trying to adapt to the new conditions.

During the 2002/03 season a new, young core of Tornado began to appear. Tornado once again strenghened their away support at basketball as well as football. New banners, scarves, kaps and other materials were made. During this season, after playing well all season long and impressive playoff wins, BC Zadar become champions of the Adriatic League.

The 2004/05 season will be remembered as one of the most important. The new core of Tornado is mostly formed, and Tornado improves in many ways. Finally, after 19 years of waiting and prayers the biggest wish of all Zadar fans is fulfilled.. After almost two decades, Zadar won the Croatian championship!!

Today, Tornado brings together the ultras of Zadar. Even in the specific situation Tornado is in, ultra life is still living and getting stronger in Zadar.

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