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Dinamo Bucharest unleashes insane tifo ahead of derby with Steaua

Aug 11, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

Dinamo and Steaua, two of Romania’s biggest clubs, faced off in their country’s biggest derby on Sunday, with two first half goals allowing Steaua to claim a 2-1, Eternal Derby victory. As you’d expect from a game between teams that’ve claimed 42 league titles, the match packed Bucharest’s national stadium, had a reportedly intense atmosphere, and included number of obligatory “altercations” in the stands. It all sounded very rivalry-y.

Beyond Romania’s borders, the lasting image from this match will be one from before the opening whistle, with Dinamo’s fans marking the occasion with this tifo, tweeted out earlier today by @Gibbe84 on Twitter:


The two players are Cătălin Hîldan and Florea Dumitrache (see first comment, below). Hîldan spent seven years with the club before dying or cardia arrest during a friendly in Oct. 2000. He was only 24 years old. Dumitrache is a former Romanian international who spend 12 years with the club from the mid-60s to mid-70s, scoring 108 goals in league play. He passed away in April 2007.

Intriguingly, there’s a three-dimensional effect the transparent players a provide. Hanging above the fan-held placards that create the field, the two player-angels hover as if their visages are protecting Dinamo’s current team. The whole thing certainly speaks to the supporters’ views of legacy and immortality.

Here in North America, we have a number of fan groups producing amazing displays. In the Pacific Northwest, Portland and Seattle fans are setting Major League Soccer’s standard. This, however, gives those supporters groups another standard. Dinamo’s tifo was amazing.

  1. Michael - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Based on this page (in Romanian), the two figures are Cătălin Hîldan and Florea Dumitrache portrayed in the same vein as Ștefan cel Mare.

    • Richard Farley - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Thanks! Was hoping somebody would help. Much appreciated.

      • Michael - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        No problem! That link also has an awesome video of the tifo coming up. It’s really something!

      • Richard Farley - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        I’m watching it now. I’ll probably try to add it. Regardless, this is one of the cool things about “blogging” – the idea that comments can become (and then influence) content.

    • bestofmishu - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      I read the article you referred to (I’m Romanian) and Stefan cel Mare has no link with the two figures. Stefan cel Mare is the avenue on which the Dinamo Stadium is placed and Dinamo are often called as the Stefan cel Mare boys. So that’s what they were saying in that article

      • andreilt - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Stefan cel Mare (also known as Stefan the Great or Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt, “Stefan the Great and Holy”; 1433 – July 2, 1504) was Prince of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504 and the most prominent representative of the House of Mușat. Moldavia is a region in Romania.
        The street where Dinamo Stadium is, it is call “Stefan cel Mare”.

  2. ilupei - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

  3. ultrasteidinamo - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    100 SUD DINAMO attack 1000 Steaua Away 😉

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