I support a team that no one likes.
– Why are Atalanta fans not friends with anyone? – A question on one of the football excursions in Bergamo.
“Historically, it was considered a rejected city, a city in which people were forced to fight for their lives and the right to happiness,” the guide’s emotional response hit everyone.
That phrase is like the image of all Atalanta fans. Milan with two superclubs is located very close to Bergamo, and some tifozy “Rossoneri” and “Inter” mockingly call Bergamo a suburb. But even in such conditions, “Atalanta” fights and defends its identity.
In 2002, in the next issue of Futbol magazine, there was material about the new season of the Italian Championship, and the first team in alphabetical order was Atalanta. Beautiful name, aesthetic coat of arms, favorite black and blue colors – life seemed to lead me to the “Goddess”. Then, as a nine-year-old boy, I just entered the world of football and did not even know how much pain Atalanta would cause me in the future.
That season, the young Atalanta again challenged the Serie A. Italy’s player Christiano Doni, a symbol of the bergaskas, who single-handedly pulled Atalanta to a half-saving place, was in full swing. In the play-offs, “black and blue” got not the strongest contender – now an outsider of the C1 Series “Regina”.
There were no opportunities to watch such a match in 2003, so we had to learn about the result from the newspapers. In one of them in the section “Serie A” was indicated by the butt match. Regina won Atalanta – 2: 1. In the next ten minutes I could only dream and imagine, and how could things be otherwise. The defeat meant the departure of “Atalanta” in Serie B. So came the first fan failure.
In Serie B, Atalanta had its first friends: Ternany fans. But far more enemies were added to her: today, Atalanta’s support is hostile with all the top clubs, middle peasants, and even the neighboring Brescia. According to the testimony of one of the residents of Bergamo, tifozi “Brescia” is sometimes united in coalition with “Milan” in order to beset the local fans.
Caught in the ring of enemies, “Atalanta” formed one of the most powerful fan groups in Italy, which skillfully gives a rebuff to any ill-wisher. “Atalanta” is probably the most suitable team for people who have to stoically struggle with difficulties, detractors and various injustices. Is that “Getafe” in this respect more abruptly: this team seems to hate absolutely the whole of Spain without good reason. This attitude towards Atalanta also affected the attitude of the Bergamask to the Italian national team. It was in this town of the province of Lombardy that the country’s misses at the 2018 World Cup were perceived most indifferently. According to one of the journalists Atalantini.com, it is difficult to root for the national team, when almost the whole of Italy for some reason does not like your team.
The locomotive of the middle peasants “Atalanta” became already after the third return to the elite. Bergamaski like no one else fought back to the rich and glamorous clubs. Only Atalanta can first lose at home Cagliari, and then beat Napoli and Roma in one week. “The Bergamsk club is a real phenomenon in European football. In the neighborhood of Milan and Turin, “Atalanta” continues to develop and is ready to make a grand breakthrough, ”said former black and blue coach Luigi Del Neri at the end of 2016.
Then even the optimist Del Neri did not anticipate that in half a year “Atalanta” would be higher for both Milan and Inter for the first time in its history. For the first time in 110 years, Atalanta has become the main club of Lombardy. And it seems that everything is just beginning. In the new season, the bergamosks reached the playoffs of the Europa League, deprived the points of almost all the Serie A giants and climbed into the semifinal of the Italian Cup. Atalanta is growing: join the Russian-speaking fans of this club, who, by the way, are adored in Bergamo. During a trip to Bergamo in 2012, when I used Russian a couple of times, I was immediately approached by viewers on “Athletis Azzurri D’Italia” . In broken English, I told them that I support “Atalanta” for 10 years, after which I began to feel (false) that I was in the epicenter of everyone’s attention.
During the year, I was interviewed three times by Bergamsk newspapers. Moreover, since 2012, Atalantini.com journalists are regularly in touch with me – some still cannot believe that pain for Atalanta from Russia is possible. A good choice to feel like a local, but a star.
But Atalanta is not suitable for those who are not ready for trials and even for flights to Serie B. Despite the recent successes, the bergaskas budget is still very small, and the leading players continue to go to teams better. In addition, in Italy itself, “Atalanta” is still a target for any ultras-groupings. “One against all and all against one!” If this motto suits you, then Atalanta means your team.