What would the Bundesliga be without its amazing fans? Just a league with lots of goals and captivating entertainment. But supporters in Germany add another level to a match experience and have produced some spectacular tifos on the terraces over 60 years of the Bundesliga.
For example, there was the 2018 tifo between Schalke and Nuremberg supporters to mark a decades-long friendship between the two sets of fans. That saw the stands all the way around the Veltins-Arena covered in the colours of the two clubs, with the home side’s club crest displayed in the south stand and the visitors’ crest in fact held aloft in the north stand, which is where the Schalke Ultras are located.
Bundesliga supporters do not shy away from political statements, and Hertha Berlin fans marked a historic socio-political event in November 2019 with their “30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall” display against RB Leipzig, which depicted a wall throughout the home section and across the halfway line. And then an old-style East German Trabant was driven through these walls before they were knocked down.
Fans leave viewers guessing each week as to what exactly they will display in stadiums up and down the Bundesliga, what message they will send, what historic event they will celebrate. They have been creating tifos for decades, as you can see in the video at the top.