While past FIFA games have featured tifos, FIFA20 is the first where EA SPORTS have really brought them to life. At COPA90, we like to think we know a thing or two about tifos, so we’ve gone and picked out our five favourites.
5. Brazil, Ronaldinho
He had an irresistible swagger and buck-toothed grin that made you fall in love with football all over again. Ronny could nutmeg a mermaid and you wouldn’t think twice about it, and for that alone, it makes sense to see him adorn the stands of FIFA20 stadia.
From the childhood homemade futsal videos to his was-it-a-cross, was-it-a-shot free-kick against England, no player brought as much unbridled joy as the Brazilian master. He really did put the Bonito in Jogo Bonito.
4. AC Milan, Ruud Gullit
Ruud Gullit’s seven seasons in in Lombardy marked the apex of Milanese football. The Dutchman formed a fearsome trident with compatriots, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard, that took Serie A by storm.
Under the leadership of first Arrigo Sacchi then Fabio Capello, I Rossoneri took home three Scudettos and back-to-back European Cups, with Gullit pulling the strings. Times are a little tougher in Milan these days, but that golden era will never be forgotten.
3. Napoli, Diego Maradona
The Stadio San Paolo was a cauldron of noise and passion long before Maradona’s arrival, but dropping him in caused the place to boil over. The Argentine left jaws on the floor as he danced his way to two Scudettos with I Partenopei.
It was a journey like no other which ended in a vesuvius-esque eruption; all Neapolitans could do was cling on for dear life and count their lucky stars they were witnessing God in all his glory.
2. France, Zinedine Zidane
Zidane; France ‘98; le Parc des Princes. What more could you ask for? The midfield maestro defined a generation of football fans with his fiery temperament and sophisticated élan, and the French loved him for it.
Years before the controversy of the 2006 World Cup, Zidane took his country to the pinnacle of the international game, netting a brace in the ‘98 final on home soil to secure a monumental victory over Brazil. Allez les Bleu.
Ajax also have a tifo of Johan Cruyff, but their other banner speaks to the message Cruyff and so many others helped inspire: believe in youth. At the core of the club’s famed philosophy lies an unrelenting trust in its academy.
Many famous players have walked the halls of Ajax’s arena, but none are bigger than the fundamentals ideals tied to the club’s playing style and overall strategy. It’s not about the name on the back of the shirt, but the badge on the front.