Megaphone in hand, 1. FSV Mainz 05 goalkeeper Loris Karius prepares to lead the club’s fans in a chorus of the Humba. - © © imago / Rene Schulz
Megaphone in hand, 1. FSV Mainz 05 goalkeeper Loris Karius prepares to lead the club’s fans in a chorus of the Humba. - © © imago / Rene Schulz
Bundesliga

The humble rise of the Humba

Every self-respecting German fan has it in their repertoire, and it is beginning to make its way worldwide. But where did the tradition of the Humba, so ubiquitous across Bundesliga grounds, come from? And just why is it so popular?

Humble beginnings

The Humba is yet another example of the famed fan-player interaction in the German game. After big victories, along with saluting the crowd and thanking them for their support, a cult hero or favourite player leads the massed ranks of replica shirts in song, usually through a microphone or loudspeaker. That song is the Humba.