The Subbuteo fans who support weird and wonderful real life teams

Football is all about emotion.

Away from the Twitter spats, the red-faced radio phone in wind-up merchants and the endless transfer tittle-tattle it can be easy to forget that the real joy to be found in the beautiful game is that match-day experience.

There isn’t a football fan alive who doesn’t remember the first time they pushed through the turnstiles and took in the pitch, the stands and the crowds for their first game. Nobody ever forgets the first time they fell in love with the team in front of them.

For some it is a traditional passed down through families, for others a top team on TV started a lifelong love affair. For others there is a slightly more unconventional reason for following a team and sharing in the various highs and lows of football fanship.

Those people decided to choose a team to follow because of one thing – Subbuteo. And it is nowhere near as unusual as you may think.

Paulo Di Canio famously suggested the reason he pulled on Celtic’s famous hoops was because he loved the Subbuteo team as a child.

Meanwhile, Gigi Buffon is a fan of Borussia Monchengladbach because of the game – and we’re sure he has a team in his vast Subbuteo collection because of his love of the German side.

So when we asked readers of Subbuteo.Online to share their love of teams because of the Subbuteo team we were blown away by the answers.

An Italian Coventry City fan

Italian Subbuteo fan @ivomirko is one of our favourite Subbuteo Tweeters. Full of knowledge of the game and football in Italy, he revealed he had a soft spot for non other than homeless East Midlands side Coventry and it’s all because of the famous Talbot home shirts. With some stunning Subbuteo kits and legends like Steve Ogrizovic and Dion Dublin, we really cannot blame him.

A Yorkshire Norwich fan

With Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and the Sheffield sides on your doorstep it should be easy to choose a club in Yorkshire. Geoff has taken the bold decision to follow the beautiful green and yellow kit of the Canaries and adopted Norwich as his side thanks to Subbuteo.

And that wasn’t the only Norwich fan. The speckled kit is one of my favourites and it seems others were enthralled too.

A Uruguayan Forest fan

They may be twice European Champions and boasted one of the greatest managers of all time but Nottingham Forest are still an unusual choice for a fan from Uruguay.

A Brentford fan who pitted the side against some eclectic sides

The London side haven’t had much of a chance to secure European football but Gary ensured his Subbuteo side travelled to such exotic sides as Ujpest Dosza. No, me neither.

An 11-year old Borussia Monchengladbach fan

It seems Buffon is not the only one to choose the German side as the Subbuteo team of choice. I hope he kept the side, as it’s worth a small fortune now.

The Nan-inspired Subbuteo team

This lovely story from Adrian was the inspiration for asking the question. A lovely tale and a nice kit colour to choose.

The original football hipster

Subbuteo has always been a great way to find obscure foreign teams and it seems Cagliari have one more fan because of the game.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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