What. A. Tournament. So far. I can’t believe I’m writing this knowing that England – that couldn’t play football – find themselves in a major tournament final tonight. Unbelievable.
I’m only 21 meaning that, for as long as I’ve been alive, the England national team haven’t really been that good. 2018 was something special and certainly gave me some life-long memories – but this is something else.
At FanHub, we’re all about fans – and we want to know who you think have been the standout supporters this tournament. Who are those that have made the most noise, travelled the furthest, or done anything else to back their team.
Here are some of my picks – but let me know who you’d add.
No team has captured hearts and minds throughout the competition like Denmark – and their fans have certainly paid a huge part in it.
The footballing world was shocked a few weeks ago when former – and the Denmark faithful really showed their support for their number #10 in the stands.
Banners with his name, chants, everything – they certainly made sure that Eriksen knew they were behind him.
The Danes were also well-numbered for their trip to Wembley last week – and made themselves pretty well heard for periods of the game. Well in, guys!
“Yes sir, I can boogie!”. Let’s get the controversial one out of the way.
Their team certainly didn’t live up to their expectations at all – but, as ever, and it pains me to say this as an England fan, Scotland fans were a credit to their team. I might take a bit of stick for this one, I’m sure.
Likewise to a handful of other countries, Scotland were drastically limited with regards to the amount of supporters allowed into their games by their government – but that didn’t stop them from getting Hampden Park rocking. At least until Marshall got lobbed from the halfway line.
Down in Wembley, and the Tartan Army certainly had a strong presence in the capital – one that could certainly be credited to helping the fact that Stevie Clarke’s men have been the only ones so far to keep out Gareth Southgate’s finalists. Have I mentioned yet we’re in the final?
Anyway, credits Scotland. Given some of the quality coming through in your squad, I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again at the next Euros.
Another choice that might not be so popular, I’m sure. England’s arch-nemesis in international tournaments over the last few decades – but, once again, the German fans did themselves proud this tournament.
Germany was one of the worst-hit countries for Covid over recent months and, for some time, it looked as though they may have to play their games behind-closed-doors. Thankfully, though, this wasn’t the case, and Jogi Löw’s men were able to play in front of at least a few thousand at the Allianz Arena.
Just 13,000 (vs France), 12,926 (vs Portugal) and 12,413 (vs Hungary) were present for each game in Munich as the Germans stumbled out of the group stage – but those that were there certainly made themselves heard.
Into the knockout stage, and the UK had been designated a “Virus-Risikogebiet” – virus risk area – by Germany’s Robert Koch Institut, completely ruling out almost all but ‘essential’ travel between the two countries. A slight issue for die Mannschaft’s last 16 tie at Wembley on the 29th June, as it quickly became apparent that no fans would be able to travel out.
But over 126,000 German nationals live in the UK and, despite those restrictions, they were still fairly well-represented at Wembley – although that did little to stop Southgate’s men strolling past them on their way to the final.
Great effort, Germany!
You nearly thought I’d forget the finalists, didn’t you? Of course not. England fans have overall been utterly breathtaking this tournament – as always.
Up and down the country, whether it be in pubs, clubs turned bars, our living rooms or at the grounds themselves, we’ve really got behind our national team this year and helped carry them all the way to the final.
Despite only being limited to crowds of 20,000, 40,000, and later 60,000, Wembley has been rocking throughout – and given the squad a real push. Even in Rome, where only expats were supposedly able to get tickets, England fans could make themselves heard.
Plenty of players from the continent have been quick to dismiss our success this year based on the fact we’ve played all but one game at Wembley – something that, to me, is only a compliment to how good the Wembley crowds have been.
Southgate has also been quick to praise the England faithful, who he feels really have played their part as the twelfth man over the last month.
Sweet Caroline. It might actually be coming home.
But who else would you add? I’ve only included four here – and I want to know who you would add. Wales, who had to travel so far out to Baku? Finland? Maybe even France?
It’s certainly been a Euros we’ll never, ever forget – and hopefully one that signals the start of a really successful period for English football as we put 55 years of hurt behind us.
Come on England! 🏴