The passion of Saint-Etienne

Saint Etienne are currently flying in France’s Ligue 1, and now is an appropriate time for it. The club’s supporters group the Green Angels celebrated its twenty year anniversary last weekend with a magnificent tifo display before and after their emphatic 4-0 win over Rennes.

It all began in February 1992 when a band of loyal Saint-Etienne supporting brothers decided to get together to show their love and support for their club. The Green Angels were formed, originally occupying the Kop Nord section of Saint-Etienne’s Geoffrey Guichard stadium.

Inspired by Italian style tifosi, the group grew to around 2,000 members with the Green Angels represented wherever the team should travel. Over the years Saint-Etienne’s ultras have become renowned for their passionate support – they were voted best fans in France three years running between 2006 and 2009.

Against Rennes, the Green Angels put on a special display to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The atmosphere at the stadium was quite incredible as captured by these clips, and the variety, imagination and scale of the banners and displays in the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard were extremely impressive to witness.

The occasion was not lost on the players. “This match meant a lot to us because it’s the 20th anniversary of the Green Angels” said Gabon international and current hot-shot striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. “We dedicate the victory to them.”

And at the end of the match there were special scenes of celebration as Saint-Etienne climbed into the top 5 in Ligue 1 thanks to goals from Jean-Pascal Mignot, Laurent Batlles, Bakary Sako and Max Gradel. Les Verts currently sit above rivals Olympique Lyonnais in the table with very real hopes of qualifying for Europe this season, a genuine possibility if their form continues.

Enjoy the clips in full screen. Joyeux Anniversaire to the Green Angels from us at Just Football!

See more tifo displays in our Fan Culture section, and if you spot any on your travels around the football world (or shoot any yourselves) send them in to us! You can find us @JustFootball on Twitter.

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2 Responses to “The passion of Saint-Etienne”

  1. Emil Fontaine
    February 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Jonathan,

    Thanks for writing about the oft forgotten supporter’s group. I have been an ASSE fan since birth, (it is a family tradition), and write occasionally about my beloved Les Verts on Bleacher Report. I appreciate you giving some love to my team. I did not know about this site until I came across this article, I have linked it and look forward to reading more articles.

    regards

    Emil

    • Jonathan F
      February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Emil,

      Not a problem, was great reading about the group and the videos I’m sure you will agree are impressive for any football fan! Some lovely scenes.

      Glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you more around here now you’ve discovered us. Cheers.