Tifo Tuesday

Dead Bulls

Now that the week is well under way, there is only one thing to focus on...our League match on Saturday. We host "New York Red Bulls"...or Dead Bull New Jersey as we prefer to call them. For some they are just a football team that was bought up by a corporation and "rebranded". For us they are one of the symptoms of modern football that should be troubling for anyone that values tradition and identity.

A few years ago, @ultrasmontreal did a small display reminding everyone that Red Bull Kills. They have so far taken over Clubs in New York, Salzburg, Leipzig, and São Paulo. We get that Clubs need money, but selling your whole identity (and in some cases colours) is not worth it. Amongst supporters and ultras the world over, these 4 "clubs" are despised for what they have done or allowed to happen to them.

At the beginning of this season we were disappointed to find out that this company had become a sponsor of #OurClub...again, we want our Club to make money, but we care how it is made and who it comes from. On top of all of this, it is more than awkward when you accept sponsorship from a company that is the owner of another team in your League, even in #MLS/ML$ where so much cross pollination exists. When we expressed our concern over certain red bull sponsored initiatives to those entrusted to be stewards of our Club, we were told, "It's just an energy drink." The message was essentially, "We don't care, we'll take money anywhere we can get it." It was a point we let the administrators of our Club know we could not agree with them on.

So Saturday we have extra desire and motivation to lift our side to victory. If you want to support with us in section 203/204, please be in touch as we have $35 tickets for sale.

Much Love,

One of the Collective

#ItsJustAnEnergyDrink #NoNoItIsnt #RedBullKills #DeadBullNewJersey #WeAreWhoWeAre #GivingOurAll #SupportIsAlways #VanCityTifosi #CurvaStyle #TifoTuesday

Tifo Tuesday: Flags

Yesterday was National Flag Day, so for today's #TifoTuesday we once again went with flags. For the past 3 seasons during the #VoyageursCup we have been doing a progressive flag display.


2013 - The first year we kept it simple and went with held Canada flags with the large Voyageurs flag in the front and centre of it all. The photo here was captured by Christopher Vose ahead of the 2nd Leg of the Finale vs. Montreal. It was our second display of the night. We had done the #ForYouForUsForVancouver display during the player entry...when they used to come out of the supporters' end in the #westcurva.

2014 - For the second year, the 2nd Leg of the semi-final vs. #TFC, we went with our #BC provincial flag. This time we worked with our friends in the @vancouversouthsiders to cover the entire #curva. Approximately 400 flags were a part of this display. Thanks to @kiltedcasper taking this photo from the top of our section, 203/204.


2015 - Last season, for the 2nd Leg of the Finale vs. #IMFC, we worked with @vancouversouthsiders & @raincitybrigade do a display of roughly 500 #CityOfVancouver flags. This display was augmented by word banners across the front rows of both sides of the tunnel. On the #VSS side was the motto of #VanCity: " BY SEA, LAND, AND AIR WE PROSPER". On our side of the tunnel it read "ON THE PITCH WE CONQUER!!" Thanks to our own @cascadianlion taking this photo of the entire end. This was of course the night we had all been waiting so long for...the night we finally lifted The Voyageurs Cup @bcplacestadium!

Visual displays of support are vital to who we are and how we support. If you want to donate your time, talent, or resources to our efforts, please be in touch:

www.curvacollective.ca/contact

Much Love,

One of the Collective

#GivingOurAll #WeAreWhoWeAre #SuppprtIsAlways #VanCityTifosi

2-stick Creation Party

Along with #VocalUnity the other pillar of our support is #VisualDisplays...also known as #tifo. We engage in small, medium, and larger scale displays ranging from part of our section, the whole section to multiple sections. However, we also highly value individual tifo especially in the form of flags and 2-sticks.

Therefore, we are having a 2-stick creation party on Saturday, February 20th from noon-8:00pm in #VanCity. If you would like to come and create your own 2-stick or help create someone else's design, please let us know. If you want to make your own, we would as for you to make $15-20 donation, depending on a few variables. We will be tailgating as well so please bring your own food for the grill.

Be in touch here or via our website if you have any questions or to RSVP:

www.curvacollective.ca/contact

TIfo Tuesday: Cities, Provinces and Countries

On this #TifoTuesday we reflect on our flag displays to celebrate our city and the regions, provinces, and countries of our players and coaches. Descriptions are left to right and top to bottom, starting in the upper left corner.

2012:

Our second ever home League match as a movement and our second display. 1 flag each representing the areas our players and coaches were from that season. Thanks to @aftncanada's Michael McColl for capturing this photo for us from the press box! The match ended in a goalless draw with DC, but it was our second straight clean sheet at home and a respectable start after the frustrations of 2011.

2013:

The second match of our second year and this was also our second display of the season. We went with 2 flags for every area. One was held and the other waved. This was also the debut of the multinational flag, which rose up from the middle of the display. Thanks to @bobfridimages (@whitecapsfc photographer) for taking this picture. It came prior to a 2-1 victory over Columbus thanks to that sweet strike by @daigokobayashi16!

2014:

This year we waited to do this display until later in the season, which ended up being in August against Kansas City. This time we had 4 of each of the flags & had updated the multinational mosaic flag. Thanks to our partner @cascadianlion who got this photo of the display. #OurClub went on to to win that night thanks to an Own Goal by a guy named Igor and a @darrenmattocks' strike!

2015:

We ended up saving this one until our cup match against Portland in November. This time we decided to sew the flags into an overhead. There were again 4 flags of each of the areas represented in our squad and technical staff, but there was a window like framework of City of Vancouver and BC flags. In total 299 flags were in the display, which included the words "TOGETHER WE WILL DO THIS" and "¡JUNTOS LO HAREMOS!" It was great to work on, develop, and deploy this display with a number of our players' wives. Thanks to Ken Dennis who got the best shot of the display from the other side of the stadium.

Want to get involved in creating tifo w/us in 2016? Be in touch.