The Kop is renowned for its electric atmosphere prior to the game | Marc Atkins/Getty ImagesWe’ve all heard of players having pre-match rituals that they absolutely swear by and will persist in performing prior to a game, regardless of whether they won the previous week or got hammered 6-0.As fans we’re no different; we too have adopted some weird and wonderful matchday routines, whether it be the way we walk to the stadium or what we do when we get into the ground (when going to games used to be an actual thing).However, some fans have gone a step beyond. We’ve compiled a list of the best pre-match rituals performed by supporters from around the world, ranking the best before picking out our number one.True Nigeria fans anointing Eagles before our match against Iceland. God bless Naija. pic.twitter.com/UagOTYT1TK— Omogwu A B (@BOmogwu) June 22, 20188. Sporting Kansas City’s CauldronSporting Kansas City’s boisterous fans in action | Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesBenfica’s Flying Eagle | Gualter Fatia/Getty Images6. I’m Forever Blowing BubblesWest Ham have become synonymous with the song I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles | Ben Radford/Getty ImagesParis Saint Germain Ultras | Kiran Ridley/Getty Images4. Seattle Sounders’ March to the MatchSeattle Sounders have adopted a unique pre-match tradition | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty ImagesDortmund’s famous Yellow Wall | TF-Images/Getty Images2. You’ll Never Walk AloneThe Kop is one of if not the most iconic stand in English football | Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesFans of Beijing Guoan have created an ultra group called the ‘Gangs of Beijing’ | Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
We pick out the ten best pre-match rituals performed by football fans before cheering on their team, ranking them and picking out our number one.