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Hajduk Split’s ‘Torcida’ turns 72 today

Hajduk Split’s famous fans ‘Torcida’ celebrates birthday

Torcida at Poljud stadium (Photo: Chivista/CC BY-SA 4.0)

Hajduk Split’s famous supporters’ group ‘Torcida’ celebrates its 72nd birthday today. 

Torcida was founded on 28 October 1950 by a group of students who were studying in Zagreb. 

The group decided before a match against Red Star Belgrade that they wanted to stage an unprecedented spectacle in order to help their club, and took the name Torcida from the Brazilian Portuguese word for “supporters”, after fans at the 1950 World Cup at the time in Brazil had impressed them so much.

 
 
 
 
 
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Torcida, which was started by just over 100 students, and has grown to thousands today, have built a fierce reputation around the world for gathering in the north stand behind the goal at Poljud stadium and creating a special atmosphere via their imaginative choreography, chants, and pyrotechnics.

 
 
 
 
 
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Torcida has a number of branches in other countries, mostly among Croatian communities, but not exclusively. Torcida is the oldest firm in Europe.

The story of Hajduk is unthinkable without Torcida and shows the importance of the football club for the city. 

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