The most well-known Real Madrid fan groups are Ultras Sur and Orgullo Vikingo.
Any kind of trouble can be expected from the Real Madrid fans. Their rooting traditions differ from those of Liverpool fans. And here’s a pre-history to the status quo.
Real Madrid simply doesn’t have violent ultras. Well, any more.
Ultras Sur, the most famous group, was deactivated under the formal pressure of the football club, though they have always had the support of the players with a very few exceptions. That was exactly Ultras Sur who stood out the most headline-making events.
The group was created in 1980, headed by Jose Luis Ochaita for many years. He has been arrested for several times and banned from sports events.
They held the right-wing political views. An old medieval axe is their symbol.
The group was believed to be only for choreographed support. However, racism, violence, xenophobism, hooliganism, right-wing politics and many similar principles of their led to frequent disputes between them and the President of the club.
On April the 1st, 1998, before the first match of the Champions League semifinals against “Dortmund” over 100 tore down the fence on the south platform, thus bringing down the door on the field along with it. The match was delayed for over 75 minutes, which Ultras Sur used for a show in the stands.
In the late ’90s the group continued to grow and actually received power over the entire lower floor to the southern sector.
They made mess and mass fights with other fan groups. They made friends with ultras of Lazio, which added to their fascist reputation.
The mostmemnorable episode was in 1998 when Ultas Sur broke the goalpost at Santiago Bernabeu.
Since then the football club began their fight with Ultras Sur and limited their access to the stadium.
In the end the group was deactivated and further attempts didn’t gather much of their supporters.
Another famous fan group of Real Madrid FC is Orgullo Vikingo. They are known first of all for their colorful performances during football matches. These fans are visiting Kyiv for UEFA 2018 final on May 26.
Orgullo Vikingo – is a few in number, but very creative group of ultras without any radicalism or “third halfs”.
Besides, Real fans are against separatism – the Catalonian one, in their case.
Fans of Real and Liverpool are not enemies. They are not the worst fans for Kyiv as a hosting city.
Of course, the emotional factor cannot be eliminated, though the hope of the city for calm and friendly atmosphere is very high these days.