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Video: Youth sports are different in Poland

Dec 23, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

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This is how they roll in Polish soccer; flares, rabid fans chanting in unison, and at various intervals, pounds of streamers launched onto the field. Wait, did you assume that this was a pro game? This, my friends, is a kids’ tournament … the Lech Cup for Under-11s. It’s one of Europe’s elite youth tournaments, and in the video below we have the youth team version of Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona playing Valencia. The tourney is hosted by the Polish pro team Lech Poznań, whose supporters are the ones you see going nuts in the stands. From the appropriately-named soccer blog Pitch Invasion:

Boy, do they start them young in Poland. Ever wondered why there seems to an endless supply of ultras willing to anything and everything for their team, from singing to, well, burning stuff at very dangerous temperatures?

Maybe it’s because the culture filters all the way down to junior tournaments.

The banner reads something like “Everyone starts out small in order to achieve something big.” Welcome to Polish football, kids.

While this may seem extreme to us, these kids seem to be loving it. It would be a bit like your Little League team playing in Yankee Stadium.

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Tifo Video: U-11 Lech Cup, Poland [Pitch Invasion]

  1. backindasaddle - Dec 26, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    I’m guessing there are no fire marshalls in Poland??? I’m pretty certain waving a lit flare around at an NFL game probably wouldn’t go over too well. I do love the enthusiasm for the youth sports though.