Barra brava

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Barra brava is a name for organized supporter groups of football teams in Latin America. This style of supporting is very similar to European ultras. It includes standing throughout the match, singing and other enthusiastic behavior. Some barras bravas have developed reputations for hooliganism. The phenomenon originated in Argentina in the 1950s and '60s, but it has spread throughout the Americas in the '90s. In Brazil, the organized torcida plays a similar role and in Mexico both the terms barras and porras are used.




In this country there are the largest and strongest organized supporter groups in the world.[1] There have been 256 hooligan related deaths in the history of Argentine football up to August 2012. Several recent deaths and shootings are the result of rival factions within the same clubs.


In Bolivia the barras bravas only are in La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba. While not as unconditionally supporting, they tend to be 'more fair' with themselves, supporting the team only when it deserves. The biggest barras bravas in Bolivia are both from Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Cochabamba and La Paz: La Pesada Verde, Los Chiflados, Gurkas, La Gloriosa Ultra Sur 34,La Vieja Escuela and La Temible. In 2006 La Pesada Verde fought against Los Borrachos del Tablón when Oriente Petrolero was losing against River Plate 0-1. In the Copa Sudamericana 2009, one of the members of La Banda 46 went into the field to a hit a River Plate de Montevideo player.


In Brazil the Barras only play a major role on the extreme south of the country (Rio Grande do Sul and a Santa Catarina portion – most precisely, the Oeste Catarinense and Sul Catarinense). Elsewhere, the torcida organizadas (organized supporters) have a complete dominance. Torcida organizada, unlike barras bravas that supports unconditionally, tend to be 'more fair' with themselves, supporting the team, at the most of time, when it deserves.




  • Cúcuta Deportivo - La Banda Del Indio (The Band of the Indian)
  • Once Caldas - Holocausto Norte (Northern Holocaust), Brigada Once (eleven brigade),Fidelidad Blanca (White Fidelity)
  • Atlético Nacional - Los Del Sur (The Ones from the South), Nacion Verdolaga (Purslane Nation)
  • América de Cali - Disturbio Rojo (Red Riot), Baron Rojo Sur (Southerner Red Baron)
  • Deportivo Pasto - Ataque Masivo (Massive Attack), La Banda Tricolor (¨The Tricolor Band¨)
  • Envigado - Pasión Naranja (Orange Passion)
  • Atlético Huila - Alta Tensión (High Tension)
  • Millonarios - Comandos Azules (Blue Commands), Blue Rain.
  • Santa Fe - La Guardia Albi Roja Sur (The Southern White-Red Guard)
  • Deportivo Cali - Frente Radical Verdiblanco (Green-White Radical Front), Avalancha Verde Norte (Green Northern Avalanche)
  • Independiente Medellín - Rexixtenxia Norte (Northern Resistance)
  • Deportes Tolima - Revolución Vinotinto Sur (Southern Red Wine Revolution)-lechona capital (Capital lechona) - pela chivas (chivas peels)
  • Deportes Quindío - Artillería Verde Sur (Southern Green Artillery)
  • Junior - Frente Rojiblanco Sur (Southern Red-White Front), La Banda de Los Kuervos (The Band Of Crows), Bloque Central (Central Block)
  • Real Cartagena - Revolución Auri-Verde Norte (Northern Yellow-Green Revolution)
  • Boyacá Chicó F.C. - La Primera De Chicó (The First of Chicó), La Mancha Ajedrezada (The Checkered Stain)
  • Deportivo Pereira - Lobo Sur (Southern Wolf)
  • Alianza Petrolera - Anarquía Negra (Black Anarchy)
  • Unión Magdalena - Garra Samaria Norte (Northern Samaria Claw)
  • Atlético Bucaramanga - Fortaleza Leoparda Sur (Southern Leopard Fortress)
  • Leones - La Banda Del León (The Band of the Lion)

Costa Rica[edit]


In Ecuador the barras bravas started in the 80s in Guayaquil. The first barra brava organized in Ecuador was named Boca del Pozo (English: Mouth of the Well) from Club Sport Emelec. It was the first band chanting during games bringing flags and flares to the stadiums. The second barra brava organized in Ecuador was named Sur Oscura (English: Dark South) from Emelec biggest rivals Barcelona de Guayaquil. And then, other clubs from Ecuador started to create their own barras bravas, like Muerte Blanca (English: White Death) from LDU de Quito and Mafia Azul Grana (English: Blue Scarlet Mafia AKA:AKD) from Deportivo Quito.

El Salvador[edit]


  • Sexto Estado - Xelaju MC
  • La Ultra y la Caldera (U5C) - Municipal
  • Vltra Svr - Comunicaciones
  • Barra Brava y Guerreros de la Ensenada (CSD Marquense)
  • La Banda del Zope - Universidad de San Carlos
  • La 12 Desde la Cuna hasta el Cajon (Coatepeque)
  • U-22 La Barra Loca (Mictlan)
  • La J-10 y la Celestial (CSD Suchitepequez)







Puerto Rico[edit]

United States[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Magallón, Enrique López (October 10, 2007). "The most dangerous hooligans of the world are in Argentina". Deustche Welle. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 

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