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Chicago soccer fans’ Mario-inspired “tifo” display

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On Saturday, some fans in Chicago showed why watching soccer live is just so $*@ing awesome.  Not only do you get singing and generally lewd behavior, you also now get choreographed Mario action. Beautiful.

The fan group responsible for the display, the Chicago Fire’s Section 8, calls this it a “Tifo” display. At first I assumed this was some acronym. Tubular Infinity Fantastic Ordeal? Tinkle In Fantasy Organism? Neither of those seemed quite right. So then I turned to the Internet.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Tifo:

the Italian word for the phenomenon of supporting a sport team, is mostly used as a name for any spectacular choreography displayed by supporters on the terraces of an arena or stadium in connection with a sport event, mostly an association football match.

Nifty! Now if they just do Phantasy Star II, I might change my soccer allegiances.

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