28 Jan 2014 - Johor Darul Ta'zim vs LionsXII
It was my second visit to the Larkin Stadium and I knew the atmosphere was gonna be great. Flags, chants, songs and coordinated scarves throughout 90 mins.
JDT's support increased after the recent influx of resources and signings of superstars like Argentine international Pablo Aimar. You can feel the Johoreans' passion for their team, and for their state even. Stuff that makes your skin crawl and your hair stand.
From a Singapore perspective:
The recent happenings on and off the pitch of Singapore football (S.league, Suzuki Cup) have made me wonder: Are Singaporeans really football fans, or just TV fans? Recently at the Singapore Sports Hub, Singaporeans were out-sung by visiting fans from Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Perhaps our neighbours across the Causeway have the answer. Week in week out, THIS happens in their local stadiums. Led by ultras like BOS (Boys of Straits), there is a carnival, a worship of their local team and the beautiful game.
Perhaps we watch so much foreign football on television that we have forgotten what it is to be football fans. You don't go to a stadium to enjoy the atmosphere, you ARE the atmosphere.
Singapore issues aside, this film is dedicated to the Johor Ultras. It was eye opening to make this film.
AYUH JOHOR! Respect!