Much tumbleweed has be sweeping across Premier League pitches this season. With atmospheres dying down, I wonder if German fans are putting the English to shame.
Sergio Aguero's winning goal in the 2011/12 season: an eruption of passion and sheer footballing joy. Many agree it is the best moment of the Premier League since its creation. So do we need moments like this for the fans to show the same spirit?
The way Manchester City won the title was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence and, unsurprisingly, still brings goosebumps to any football fan - unless you support United, of course.
But fans of English clubs seem to be quiet throughout most of the game, cheering and chanting only when their team scores. I believe fans should be bellowing out songs all game long.
Prices of tickets has a huge part to play in the diminishing of the buzz around grounds. In my opinion, Premier League clubs have out-priced the real fans. Many can't afford to fork out a full thousand pounds for a season ticket or pay £60 to watch their team steamroller a bottom dweller at home.
The worst example of which is Arsenal. Despite having 60,000 seats to fill, the Gunners still insist on fans shelling out almost £1500 on a well-seated season ticket. In fact, if I fancied a trip to the Emirates this weekend to see them take on Southampton, not only would I have to go through the rigmarole of becoming a member on the club website, I'd be sending the table toppers around about £100 out of my own back pocket. Ridiculous.
On the other hand a decent seat at the home of, German side, Borussia Dortmund would cost me roughly £30.
So where should I go? Well if it's based on atmosphere there's no competition.
I have heard English grounds being described as theatres now, rather than stadiums. It seems people want to pay their money and watch a football match and not sing their heart out for all 90 minutes. There's a difference between watching and supporting.
How do we change this? Ultras. Bordering on hooliganism, Ultras are the descriptor for fans that bleed the colours of their team. They are seen in a controllable nature at Dortmund and even places like Celtic.
If anybody watched the games Celtic have played against Barcelona, the atmosphere was inexplicable; Continuous chanting, loud and proud, for 90 minutes too. They sang when they lost and they sang when they won. A set of fans simply proud of their club for playing against a team like Barca.
However, Ultras can cause problems. Many sets of Ultra fans are seen to be setting off flairs, fighting and generally proving a handful for ground staff. This is where many argue the line is drawn in the difference between ultras and hooligans.
A culmination of Ultras and low ticket prices allow Borussia Dortmund to fill out their stadium every single home game and their team are supported like few others.
Have the recession and high ticket prices forced true fans from their favoured team each weekend? Or are fans losing passion for their side?
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