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“Football fans are witty and creative” – here’s 35 reasons why

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Forget the latest daily dose of depressing news about pathetically-bigoted songs and chants at football matches: a university professor has concluded that the majority of supporters are some of the smartest, wittiest and most creative people around.

Loughborough University’s Dr Jamie Cleland explained: “They show the unique creativity of fans in standing out from, while appealing to, a crowd.”

Whether it be to show team pride, protest the club's current direction, remember a milestone moment in club history or even just to torment rival fans, football-loving artists and their brethren have added a wonderful extra dimension to the sport.

We have picked out 35 of our favourite examples. Enjoy...

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1) Ajax fans light up the Amsterdam ArenA

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Photo: Alejandro Pagni AFP

2) San Lorenzo unleash the bird against River Plate

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Basel

3) Basel present their own take on 'hero worship'

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4) Almost 100,000 fans drench Barcelona's Camp Nou in colour

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5) Celtic's 'Four Horsemen' come for financially-struggling rivals Rangers

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6) And Gers fans are as harsh on their own club as their enemies

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7) Only a game? Seattle Sounders v Chicago Fire goes 8-bit

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8) Supporters are the heartbeat of world club champions Corinthians

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Photo: David Rawcliffe, Propaganda

9) Martin Skrtel: Liverpool's answer to Chuck Norris

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10) Borussia Dortmund's 25,000 terrace before a 5-1 win over Wolfsburg

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11) Zamalek fans protest their portrayal on television

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12) Chelsea are guilty by association according to topical Everton fans

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13) The Toffees also have an opinion on local rivals Liverpool

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14) Like Rangers, Liverpool aren't fans of their own system either

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15) Galatasaray becomes a lion's den - literally as well as figuratively

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Greuther Fuerth

16) Bundesliga basement boys Greuther Fuerth get in on the act

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Photo: Jewel Samad, AFP

17) Holland fans take the fun to South Africa in the 2010 World Cup

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18) 'The Special Pope' won Inter the Champions League

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19) Juventus fans replace 'The Old Lady' with a newer, bustier model

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20) And if you thought number 19 was a tad risqué...

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21) Lyon take inspiration from Hollywood against Saint Etienne

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22) Magdeburg fans kindly show their goal-shy team where to aim the ball

[WATCH A VIDEO OF THE ARROW-WIELDING MAGDEBURG FANS HERE]

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23) Malmo cover a goal end with this impressive mural

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24) Man United's poignant tribute to the Munich Air Crash

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Milan Fossa Dei Leoni

25) Tifo-masters Milan incorporate a fire display into their latest offering

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Photo: Claudi Villa, Getty

26) Parma with another fine Italian effort prior to a game with Bari

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27) Portland Timbers' pop-up book-style tribute to their identity

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28) Another MLS jackpot effort: Seattle Sounders go casino

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29) Roma taunt rivals Lazio en route to a 2-1 derby victory

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30) Russia attempt a 'Polish invasion' at Euro 2012

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31) Schalke with another picturesque Bundesliga effort

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32) In the German second tier, Union Berlin get creative as rivals Hertha visit

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Photo: Valerio Pennicino, Getty

33) Pac-Man is apparently a season-ticket holder at Milan

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34) Sunderland get poetic as neighbours Newcastle prepare for relegation

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35) Liverpool fans do not have many friends in the local tourism industry

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What is your favourite effort from these witty and creative geniuses? Which country/league leads the way when it comes to cool banners? Have your say in the comments section below...

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