One of the perks of being among the greatest clubs in the world is, naturally, support from fans around the planet. Let’s face it, there isn’t a country in the world where people have heard of a game called football that doesn’t have an organized group of Liverpool fans. It is not to be wondered at – five European cups speak for themselves, European nights such as Istanbul and the game against Dortmund at Anfield capture hearts of sports admirers, the rich history of the club and its glorious anthem, coupled with the culture of the city of The Beatles, a city that stood together in the face of incredible injustice over the Hillsborough disaster and fought its way to justice with spirit unmatched, all these things combined – it cannot happen without leaving a mark on people everywhere.
Serbia is a small country these days. Political tides and laws of economy in the last 30 years haven’t been kind on its people, once great and proud. At the start of the 21st century, most of us are trying to make ends meet, living life on a day-to-day basis, and not many have the luxury of time to think about a football team some 2000 miles away, across the sea.
And yet, love for this great club cannot be denied by these unfortunate circumstances, and people still follow Liverpool, rejoice in its success, mourn and moan about its failures just as hard as those on Merseyside.
Inspired by similar events in the surrounding countries, Lazar Andric, a 30-year old Liverpool fan from Belgrade, had an idea about organizing a yearly get-together for Serbian Reds. This year, on May 14th, with help from a few well-chosen friends, he put it into action successfully for the second time.
The meeting was held at a place called “Sport Pub” in Belgrade. The pub is located in the heart of the city, near the old fortress of Kalemegdan which stands where the river Sava flows into Danube.
Around 150 people attended the meeting, including guests that came all the way from the neighbouring Romania. Together they spent the day chatting, discussing Liverpool’s fortunes past and present, predicting the future.
The highlight of the day was watching the game Liverpool played that day at the London stadium against West Ham, the game the Reds won convincingly by putting four past their hosts while keeping a clean sheet. The pub was bouncing as if it were the fifth stand of Anfield, with Red flags and scarves in every corner and on every wall.
Lazar says his group is in the process of obtaining the Official Branch status from the club, and he’s very proud of the work he and his friends have done to make all this happen, and adds that every Liverpool fan from anywhere in the world is welcome to grace the gathering with their presence and join in, cheering, singing, eating and drinking with these warm and friendly people.
Apart from having a fun day, the gathering also made a considerable donation to the “Podrži život” (“Support Life”) charity foundation.
So, if you happen to be planning a visit to Serbia in the spring of next year, or any other year for that matter, we strongly recommend making the arrangements in such a way that would enable you to pop in and spend a fantastic matchday in pleasant company, enjoying some excellent food and great beer.