What Was The Best Match Atmosphere You've Ever Experienced?

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by SABuffalo786, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    For me, it was USA v. Honduras in DC 2 years ago. Yeah we were outnumbered, but we were loud.
  2. Treetaliano

    Treetaliano Member

    Jun 29, 2002
    San Diego
    Wembley 1999 (or was it 2000? I forget..)

    Arsenal - Fiorentina

    6000 Fiorentina fans vs 50K+ Arse Fans...

    Bati scores late, knocks the Arse out of the CL

    We were delirous.

    Second best..

    The Next week

    Barca - Fiorentina

    here in Florence, both teams had already qualified for the second round so it was just pretty much an exhibition match. Finished 3-3, including 2 full bicycle goals, and a 40 yard bomb from Rivaldo (?)...Both sets of fans we're cheering for both teams, it was great times...

    Damn I miss Fiorentina

    (and no, the current version of "Fiorentina" is not THE Fiorentina)
  3. Benedict XVI

    Benedict XVI Member

    Nov 22, 1999
    Ciudad del Encanto
    Lisburn Distillery FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Recife, Brazil, July 1999. It was the Pernambuco State Championship. The drumming, the singing, the dancing, combined with some strange weather made me feel like I wasn't on Earth any more.
  4. WayneColasinski

    Oct 26, 1999
    Plymouth, MI.
    For me, US vs Mexico at Columbus, February 2001. What a night!!
  5. David Allan

    David Allan New Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Southeastern PA
    1) US - Portugal, June 5, 2002 in Suwon - 4 minutes in, and we've equaled our goal output from '98; 30 minutes in we're delirious with wonder and amazement - the results speak for themselves
    2) US - Jamaica - '97 WCQ (Oct 2, 1997, I think). First sold out US match I've ever attended.
  6. AFCA

    AFCA Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    X X X rated
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Ajax - AA Gent 1992, march 18. After 3 matches in dusseldorf (because of the so called 'staaf-incident') the first euro match at home since early 89. Orebro, Rot Weiss Erfurt (nazi's) and Osasuna had been put aside by Ajax. At this time I was 12 and didn't have a season tick.

    My dad took me for my 12 th birthday (first of the two matches he took me to. After feyenoord - Ajax I was on my own). Greatest atmosphere ever. They call feyenoord the peoples club... back then Ajax was a peoples club as well. One of the most rabid atmospheres I've ever experienced... until...

    Ajax - Torino of the same year, UEFA Cup final. Undescribable atmosphere. Looked like the 4th of july. Plus, that was the first season I really saw Ajax win a prize... not knowing what was ahead in store.

    Milan-Ajax of last year was also great. We lost, but the sense of pride was so great. If you are heralded at Ajax like that, you are very special.
  7. G Enriquez

    G Enriquez Member+

    Apr 1, 2002
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd probably have to say England vs. Scotland, Euro 96. It was an awesome game. Paul Gascoigne scored a beautiful goal chiping the ball over Lee Hendry and volleying the ball past Andy Goram,Beautiful. The atmosphere was electric. That game had the most incredible atmosphere that i have ever experienced.
  8. Chizzy

    Chizzy Member

    United States
    Aug 7, 2003
    Upper Left, USA
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    For me, it was the USA v England match in Foxboro, MA. back in June 9 1993. It was my first ever international Soccer game, I was a little girl at a time with my Dad when USA defeated England 2-0 on Wegerle, Wynalda goal.
  9. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078

    brimstone cup 2001
    fire beat dallas on a late goal by hristo
    24k+ going nuts for the classic mls rivalry

    fire vs crew in c-bus
    season opener 2002
    play was crap, fire won 2-0... but being there wiht a couple hundred fire fans going nuts was great

    mls cup 2001
    fire fans in c-bus in denial
    cheering for the fire for pretty much the whole game

    open cup 2001
    fire beat river hounds?? in wheaton on a golden goal by amos "chesty" magee

    champions cup 2002
    fire win the second leg and the opening round
    my room mate slept the whole game in first aid because he was so damn drunk

    san jose at fire 2002
    tie 1-1 on a blown pk call in the favor of san jose
    we chanted "*#*#*#*# you ref" for several minutes... no one knew what to do while section 8 was in a fury
    great goal by kelly gray in that game
  10. The Double

    The Double Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    River-Campeon de Copa Libertadores, 1996.

    Valencia-Betis, already clinched Liga. Xe Que Bo
  11. JBell

    JBell New Member

    Oct 26, 2002
    New Milford NJ
    best atmosphere

    young crowd here ....

    1978 world cup final, netherlands v. argentina. just check out the pictures!
  12. Mglnbea

    Mglnbea Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    Northern California
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Re: What Was The Best Match Atmosphere You've Ever Experienced?

    I don't want to mess with your memories, but may I gently suggest that the US goals came from Dooley and Lalas?
  13. DCUPopeAndLillyFan

    Apr 20, 2000
    For a Sam's section, the US-Jamaica clincher in Foxboro in Oct, 2001 was the best. A combination of the recent 9/11, dire outlook in qualifying, and unexpected joy of qualifying that day had the Army rocking and more coordinated than I can ever remember for a section that size.

    US-Mexico in Columbus, despite wrecking my back for three weeks there, was the best stadium-wide US crowd I can think of. US-Jamaica at RFK in 1997 was unreal, both sets of fans were fantastic even if the game wasn't. And, although an anti-US crowd, being in the Azteca for the July 2001 qualifier was unbelievable. US-Iran in France was more bizarre than any other crowd I can think of.

    Best MLS atmosphere for me was the 97 final at RFK, DC-Columbus game 3 at RFK in 1999 and the DC-Newcastle match in 2000.
  14. SnakeEyes

    SnakeEyes Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    By level
    PDL: Des Moines Menace vs Kansas City Brass. It was Saturday 07/13/02. 6,312 people at the game. 2-2 as we hit stoppage time. With seconds left St. Nicholas Benjamin makes an awesome run up the sideline and endline slipping the ball to Boltnar who blasts the winning goal.

    MLS: None specific. Most every Fire I have gone too, Section 8s is great.

    National Team: USA vs Mexico 03 in Houston. No goals scored but a 40/60 split made for a great crowd.

    WCQ: USA vs Costa Rica 2001. Wolff scores in the 70th minute after the USA kept knocking on the door bringing the crowd at Arrowhead into the match.
  15. Captain Splarg

    Apr 25, 1999
    Pacific Grove, CA
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Leeds 3-0 Deportivo, Champions League quarter final.

    Leeds were never expected to get out of the first group stage with Barca and Milan, but we did. Never supposed to get out of the second group stage with Lazio and Madrid, but we did. Deportivo said they were happy to get us in the draw, as we were the easiest team left.

    The atmosphere in Elland Road was amazing, you could feel the waves of sound moving through your body from the almost 40,000 Leeds supporters. It started out being amazing and just got better after each goal. It really was magnificient.
  16. Crew14

    Crew14 Member

    Apr 11, 2000
    1.) US-Mexico 2001-The Cold War:

    Absolutely amazing. Being in a pro-American crowd in such a big game, words cannot describe. Everytime they play the National Anthem at Crew games I get a flashback to that night and get chills.

    2.) US-Switzerland 1994:

    My one and only World Cup experience so far. On the way to the Silverdome there was a huge Swiss flag hoisted by cranes outside the stadium. That pretty much set the scene. The stadium was crazy, my first true international experience.

    3.) US-Paraguay 2003:

    Had lots of fun with everybody in the North End. Seems like being in Columbus brings out the best in our supporters. Just ask Stewart.

  17. jatterbu012

    jatterbu012 New Member

    May 28, 2001
    boulder, co
    US vs. Costa Rica in 98 WCQ, PGE Park, Portland, OR.

    Fans were cheering and singing, all wearing white for an hour before the game, and continuously throughout. you couldnt even hear the announcers over the crowd sometimes. maybe 100 CR fans in the whole place. Vital game, amazing goal from Tab Ramos in his comeback from serious injury (torn acl if i recall) in the 73th minute iirc. i almost cried i was so happy.
  18. 1. Albion 2 - Swansea 0
    Play off semi-final in division two. I think it's every Albions fans favourite - better than the final itself. No words can explain it so i'll leave it at that but all Albion fans(ones who can't remember when we were good) who were there and the players always say it was their favourite moment.

    2. Albion 3 Dingles 2
    League match but it was a stormer especially when most derby games are crap to watch. Kevin Donovan scored the winner with a diving header which led to frenzied scenes in the Brummie Road it was about ten years ago so i was only a kid and i would have been crushed against the bars if some bloke hadn't shielded me - it wasn't all seater then - i remember the ground shaking as we 'Boinged' - i saw a picture of the Brummie Road on the t.v from the opposite end of the ground afterwards, and everyone going nuts.
  19. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    SnakeEyes had it right: KC, Arrowhead: April 25, 2001

    WCQ: USA vs Costa Rica 2001. Wolff scores in the 70th minute after the USA kept knocking on the door bringing the crowd at Arrowhead into the match.

    I was sitting even with the penalty spot when Agoos chipped Mathis who "played" it to Wolff.
  20. RichardL

    RichardL BigSoccer Supporter

    May 2, 2001
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Reading v Wolves April 96
    18 months after Reading's manager, Mark McGhee, walked out of his contract to take another job at a club offering more money, potentially ruining the season of a club in its highest ever league position (just imagine if that sort of thing ever happened again, eh?) he brought his Wolves team back to Reading, with Reading needing a win to guarantee staying up.
    A version of "Daydream Believer" going....

    F___ Off Mark McGhee
    Oh what can it mean?
    to a...fat Scottish Bastard
    and a shit football team

    ..had been sung all season awaiting his return, but never louder than during this 3-0 victory.

    Never louder except....

    Reading v Wolves April 97.
    Wolves now on the brink of automatic promotion. Leading 1-0 through a dodgy goal with the game into the 2nd minute of injury time, Reading score twice to clinch a 2-1 win - allowing Barnsley to go above them and go up instead. I later heard from someone on the away end that the scenes of celebration & mayhem on the southbank, the main terrace at Reading's old elm park, looked like a giant tin of maggots spilling down the terracing.
  21. Sonicspride

    Sonicspride New Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    When they stop the traffic in Europe.

    It was the 2002 World Cup when USA shocked Portugal, 3-2!
  22. Sonicspride

    Sonicspride New Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    Re: Re: Re: What Was The Best Match Atmosphere You've Ever Experienced?

    Hehehe, i think Elizabeth was just in love with Wynalda and Wegerle :)
  23. copaantl98

    copaantl98 Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    US vs. Jamaica on May 16, 2002.
  24. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    Re: When they stop the traffic in Europe.

    You were in Suwon?
  25. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    California - Bay Area
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1975 (1st NASL Soccer Bowl) - Expansionists Tampa Bay and Portland faced off in the first Soccer Bowl in San Jose. Soccer was new. People got excited on a good pass!

    1975? (Quakes vs Cosmos) - Spartan Stadium was packed to see Pele. People were standing in the upper ailes.

    1994 (US vs Brazil) - Stanford Stadium was full on July 4th to watch 2nd round match. Actually, all of the WC games at Stanford Stadium were electric.

    1994 (Final: Brazil vs Italy) - Even thought the final score was 0-0, it was the WC Final!

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