One fan watches Udinese beat Sampdoria
Posted: 11 December 2012 Time: 11:44 am
When Udinese traveled to Genoa for their match against Sampdoria last night, one solitary away fan made the journey.
The 1,000km round-trip proved to be too much for the Udinese faithful, and the Bianconeri had to make do with just one supporter at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
It is not known whether the fan made the long journey across the top of Italy, or whether he was an Udinese fan living in the area, but it was quite a sight all the same, especially his understated reaction when Udinese scored.
Udinese won the match 2-0, with goals from Danilo and Antonio di Natale in the first half.
The trip may not seem too far for many soccer-loving nations, but since the introduction of the Tessera del Tifoso, a hard-to-come-by supporter's ID card, in the Serie A, and much stricter regulations at stadiums, many Italian fans feel that the atmosphere at matches has been killed off.
User 'postmoderno' said on Reddit's soccer forum: "I started going to the stadium when I was like 10. I loved being there, in the curva, seeing the Ultras chanting, waving the flags and supporting our team in ways that are unimaginable. The smell of fireworks, exchanging scarves with the friendly visitor supporters (in our case Fiorentina and Genoa) ... Serie A died for me with the "Tessera del tifoso" bulls***."
Udinese fans are also jaded by the club owners' reputation as a 'selling club', buying a lot of very good talent for very little – Alexis Sanchez, Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah are recent examples – and later selling the players for a lot more with little apparent interest in challenging for silverware.