12th Man

12th Man

The term “12th man” is commonly used to refer to the clubs fans.

It is said to have a psychological on both teams by showing the home team that they are loved and showing the away team that they are hated.

The following teams have retired the number 12 from player selection and dedicated to their fans:

Bayern Munich


Malmö FF

Hammarby IF

Werder Bremen



Paris Saint-Germain



Ferencvárosi TC

FC Red Star

Fenerbahçe S.K.

Sporting CP

Stockport County

Portsmouth F.C.

Plymouth Argyle

CSKA Moscow

Zenit Saint Petersburg

Bristol Rovers

Grimsby Town


Odense Boldklub

Perth Glory

Derry City

Shamrock Rovers F.C.

Cork City F.C.

Clube Atlético Mineiro


Boca Juniors

U.S. Lecce

Reference: 12th Man

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