Marvellous Marseille fans keep singing through the pain

February 24, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/I had been told the Stade Velodrome had a great atmosphere and after the constant noise the Marseille fans made in Wednesday’s 0-0 Champions league draw with Manchester United, I have one question — what would it be like if the stands had roofs?

Despite the dire match, the supporters at either side of the ground never stopped chanting and banging drums for a second. If the Velodrome wasn’t open to the elements I can only imagine that the noise would be even louder and give the home side an even bigger advantage.

French soccer fans aren’t really reknowned for thier raucous support like English or German supporters but down in Provence they really do know how to party even if the football on show was sending many neutrals to sleep.

It’s amazing loyalty to keep singing in a game with only two half-decent chances on a chilly February evening.

A sing-off between Marseille, Liverpool, Dortmund and Celtic fans might be a decent idea for a reality television programme. The Kop at Anfield might make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck but I’d wager the Marseille lot might be a few decibels louder.

The French champions will certainly notice the difference at Old Trafford in three weeks if the prawn sandwich brigade are in town.

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