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Curva (plural: curve) is an Italian term or name for a number of stands located at sports stadia, particularly in Italymarker; so named, originally, due to their curved or bending shape. The Curva plays an integral part in the culture of Ultras and European football.

Composition

A.S.
Roma fans in Curva Sud
The majority of stands referred to as a Curva are located behind the goals in their respective stadia and contain the most vocal supporters within them, often known as Ultras. They are usually curved in shape in some form whether minor or major, often due to the presence of a running track around the pitch. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazzamarker provides an example of two prominent stands referred to as "curve", "Curva Nord" and "Curva Sud", which contain only minor curves at their corners while the Stadio Olimpicomarker provides an example of two completely curved stands. A curva may extend from one corner flag to another or be located centrally behind the goal, bordered by two separate corner sections for ticketing or organizational purposes.

Significance

S.S.
Lazio fans in Curva Nord
Being home to the most openly passionate supporters in a stadium, the Curva is usually the focal point of a club's support. It's often the scene of dramatic choreographed displays of support and occasionally, disapproval for a team or club. These displays often take on an importance of their own, particularly in games involving rivals where both sets of supporters aim to outdo each other. In certain countries, particularly those where sports clubs and supporters are extremely reflective of the local culture, the Curva can become quite politicized in nature. Therefore, it's not uncommon for a Curva to be split in to individual factions or groups, either solely or partially, based on politics and for one group to hold significant control of the Curva and its inhabitants on match days. Ultrà groups within a Curva often benefit from this degree of relative uniformity when there are issues regarding supporters' rights and the commercialization of sports and football in particular.

Italy

Internazionale fans in Curva Nord
Stadium Club Stand
Arena Garibaldimarker Pisa Curva Nord Maurizio Alberti
San Siromarker Internazionale Curva Nord
San Siromarker Milan Curva Sud
Stadio Artemio Franchi Fiorentina Curva Fiesole
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italiamarker Atalanta Curva Pisani
Stadio Luigi Ferrarismarker Sampdoria Gradinata Sud
Stadio Olimpicomarker Lazio Curva Nord
Stadio Olimpicomarker Roma Curva Sud
Stadio Olimpico marker Juventus Curva Filadelfia
Stadio San Paolomarker Napoli Curva A/Curva B
Stadio San Nicolamarker Bari Curva Nord


Equivalents

Gate 13

France

Stadium Club Stand
Stade Chaban-Delmasmarker Girondins de Bordeaux Virage Sud
Stade Vélodromemarker Olympique de Marseille Virage Nord/Sud


Germany

Stadium Club Stand
Olympiastadionmarker/Allianz Arenamarker Bayern München Südkurve
Volkswagen Arenamarker Wolfsburg Nordkurve


Greece

Stadium Club Stand
Apostolos Nikolaidismarker Panathinaikos Gate 13


Israel

Stadium Club Stand
Bloomfield Stadiummarker Hapoel Tel Aviv Gate 5
Bloomfield Stadiummarker Maccabi Tel Aviv Gate 11


Romania

Stadium Club Stand
Stadionul Steauamarker FC Steaua Bucureşti Peluza Nord
Stadionul Dan Păltinişanumarker FC Timişoara Curva Sud


Scotland

Stadium Club Stand
Celtic Parkmarker Celtic FC North Curve / Area 111


Spain

Stadium Club Stand
Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Loperamarker Real Betis Gol Sur
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuánmarker Sevilla Gol Norte


Turkey

Stadium Club Stand
BJK İnönü Stadımarker Beşiktaş J.K. Kapalı Tribün


See also



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