A curva is a football term that is used to describe the curved stands located behind the two goals. These stands are home to the ultras or the fanatical fans. The term is an Italian word, which means curve.
The curva, as its meanings suggests, takes in a curved shape. The main reason for stadiums to have two sets of curved areas for spectators is the presence of a running track set around the football field. It is ideal for stadiums to follow the shape of the running track to give a beautiful symmetry. The curved stands also allow players to have better views on the field compared to when it is arranged following a shape with sharp ages.
In addition, a curva can be located right at the center or behind the goal or extend from the lengths of both corner flags. A good example of stadiums which come with completely curved stands is Stadio Olimpico. This stadium is located in Italy.
Significance of the Curva
It is said that the curva is the focal point of a football club’s support since it is where the fanatical fans or the very passionate supporters are seated. This is why this part of the stadium comes with a great significance.
At often times, dramatic displays, including those that are choreographed happen in the curva. These displays are very interesting to watch and come with their own relevance especially if the games or matches involve rival teams that come with their own set of very supportive fans. These fans that usually aim to outdo each other, making football matches even more exciting to watch. There are those that come up with dance moves and throw in noticeable props in the air like smoke and confetti. Some will also come with big signboards or wear uniformed shirts or costumes that transmit eye-catching messages.
In countries where local culture takes a big impact in everyday life, the curva can become naturally politicized. Due to this, it is common for the curva to be categorized into individual or group factions, which may either be partially or solely based on politics, with one group holding an upper hand on who can occupy the stands during tournaments.