One of the must see spectacles in Dalmatia is often not offered or suggested to travelers to this part of the country. It is a Hajduk football game. Of course, not all games are the same and especially great are the games when a world class football team comes to visit. Last year it was Barcelona for 100 years of Hajduk and this year, as part of a qualifying series, it was Inter Milan.
For days, the entire city was excited about this game. It was the talk of the town and tickets disappeared quickly. And, on the day of the game, rivers of supporters in white – traditional color of Hajduk supporters – were flowing towards the beautiful Poljud stadium.
Always impressive atmosphere gets even more memorable on days like these as Torcida – Hajduk’s most devoted supporters – arranges special choreography and does not stop cheering and singing for the entire game. One has probably seen all the graffiti and artwork in Split and entire Dalmatia dedicated to Hajduk and Torcida. Once you go to the game, you will know the reason why…
Torcida was founded in 1950 after Hajduk and it’s Yugoslavian arch-rival, Crvena Zvezda, game and ever since it continues it’s loud support on Poljud’s North or when Hajduk is playing the game away. The show Torcida puts up in Split is one of the most interesting cheering spectacle in all of Europe and, most of the teams that play here, say that they never encountered such a passionate display of support anywhere else in the world!
And this is just a part of that atmosphere before the game started:
Not exactly HD video but nothing compares to the real thing anyway.
And then there is a “traditional” torch show that used to be even more vivid but UEFA wants to make stadiums as safe as possible so the controls when entering the stadium are riggid.
In the mind of all of us in Dalmatia, Hajduk is the greatest football club ever. Period. Well, the results don’t really support that theory but when you see how Split and entire Dalmatia live with Hajduk, then you know that the results don’t really matter. Hajduk is the symbol of Dalmatia just as much as the Adriatic Sea is. And Torcida is definitely the greatest football cheering group ever. Proven at each game.
No one really believed that the young and inexperienced Hajduk’s players can do anything serious against Zanetti, Sneijder… We all went there for the spectacle and the spectacle it was! The final score was 3:0 for Inter and we all wish our team scored at least one goal as then the show would be unbelievable with entire stadium literally shaking.
So, when in Dalmatia and interested in football or soccer or calcio… make sure you visit this temple of “World’s greatest football team” and to hear Torcida singing. This atmosphere is unique!