Celtic win FIFA’s ‘Best Fans of the Year’ award

Celtic fans were honoured for this display to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions. Picture: SNS Group
Celtic fans were honoured for this display to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions. Picture: SNS Group
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Celtic supporters have been named the best in world football at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 in London.

The Hoops fought off competition from Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen to pick up the prestigious award for their 50th anniversary tribute to the 1967 European Cup winning Lisbon Lions.

Celtic beat off competition from Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen. Picture: SNS Group

Celtic beat off competition from Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen. Picture: SNS Group

In a ceremony attended by the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish, fans took part in a card display which showed an image of the European Cup, accompanied by the words ‘Lisbon Lions’ at their final game of last season at Parkhead in tribute to Celtic’s 1967 triumph over Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital.

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said: “This is an incredible honour. I want to thank FIFA and all the fans who voted for us.

“The display that was at the centre of that award was for a team of players that all grew up within a few miles of Celtic Football Club in Glasgow.

“They were coached by a man who was a legend, born in the east of Scotland, who started his career going down mines for coal. He said, ‘a club is nothing without his fans’.

“That philosophy we take to heart and that drives everything we do. On behalf of our fans and across the world, I accept this honour with gratitude and humility.”

Dortmund fans were praised for their campaign to offer shelter to Monaco supporters after a bomb attack on the French team’s bus delayed the Champions League match between the two sides in April.

Supporters of Copenhagen were acknowledged for ensuring a wheelchair-bound fan got to lift the Danish Cup after victory in the final over rivals Brondby.