The European Championship has left venues in Split and Porec, so arenas in Zagreb and Varazdin became the centre of action of a true sporting spectacle. Scarves, jersey, various mascots, wigs, drums and trumpets flooded the stands.
The fans got to know each other well, and some of them became friends. Stands weren’t lacking any fun. In Varazdin, the streets have been dominated by Macedonians. Anywhere you go, you have to notice the red-yellow flags and hats, macedonian expressions and license plates. The Slovenians have been almost as good as them, who didn’t find it too hard to travel to their neigbours.
Always ready to have fun at the stands and of them were the Scandinavians. After their teams traveled to Zagreb and Varazdin, loyal fans followed them. It’s no secret that they like Croatian temperatures, food and people. Their days are filled with enjoyement and having fun, and don’t have a bad word to say about the hosts.
A clap of support or a shout of encouragement has frequently been felt by the French team in Zagreb. A loyal group of ‘tricolori’ fans took care the team don’t miss them.
And of course, the biggest support was enjoyed by the hosts. When 15 thousand people breathe as one, sing the songs and give ovations, your heart stops racing, your eye flicks and that is the moment when everything stops. It’s once again clear that the stands are more than a place to cheer your team on- the same way the fans are more than spectators, they are the 8th player!