Video: Schalke and Bordeaux fans add to colour craze as supporters cover themselves in paint and paper

Fans across Europe are starting to celebrates goals by covering themselves in different substances

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First there was Ryan Giggs rampaging down the Villa Park wing with his shirt whirling above his hand, then there was Manchester City fans recreating the Poznan that was made famous in Poland. Now, we have the paint powder celebration.

It’s a sight more commonly seen in something akin to the ‘colour run’ that has become one of the must-do events (in the hipster guide to life, at least) but two clubs have recently utilised the idea to celebrate in the stands.

Last weekend, French side Bordeaux celebrated their 1-0 win over top-four rivals St Etienne as they inched to within a point of their rivals. While Champions League qualification appears to be out of their reach – only the top-three qualify for Europe’s premier competition in France – a fourth-place finish will still benefit the club in the Europa League as well as reward them financially.

Their fans clearly see this as a bonus, and have come up with a brilliant way of celebrating. After Diego Rolan’s goal secured the victory, a section of the Stade Chaban-Delmas crowd pulled on their macs, waited for their cue, and promptly covered themselves in colourful powder paint.


The act was repeated by fans of FC Schalke before their Champions League last-16 first leg match against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Germany may be known for having some of the most passionate supporters around, but Schalke have to be one of the clubs that are a cut above the rest.

With thousands of blue and white flags waving in expectation of the team coming out at the intimidating Veltins-Arena, the home fans covered themselves in what appears to be large white bits of paper shaped as discs. What they were celebrating remains unknown given the game had yet to kick-off, and Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo would ensure that Real Madrid would return to Spain with a 2-0 advantage in their pockets.


Still, they’re happy, and that’s all that matters.