Definition of tifo in US English:



  • (especially at soccer games) a choreographed display in which fans in a sports stadium raise a large banner together or simultaneously hold up signs that together form a large image.

    ‘the fans in Kansas City pulled off an impressive tifo of the USA flag’
    • ‘There is a lot of thought and work that goes into building these giant tifos, and this video showcases that really well.’
    • ‘There won't likely be a big tifo display for this game.’
    • ‘For the first half of this season, the groups could not bring drums, flags and other forms of celebratory tifos to away games.’
    • ‘After hearing this quote, the Timbers Army went to work on a Tifo with that quote and revealed this fantastic piece of work.’
    • ‘Gala fans unveiled a quite superb tifo behind one of the goals, featuring Souness planting the flag on an outline of a pitch.’
    • ‘The tifo was a tribute to - of all things in Portland - the rain.’
    • ‘This will be the fifth tifo the Stonewalls have created this season.’
    • ‘Along with louder unified chanting and singing, fans and players can expect to see even bigger tifo.’
    • ‘To their dismay, the player did not interact with people who spent money and time to support him with their tifo.’
    • ‘Packed house before kickoff, the Believe anthem being sung at full voice, and the tifos displayed - incredible stuff.’


Italian, literally ‘typhus (fever)’, by extension ‘passionate support for a sports team’.