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The M-Block, a quarter of a century of heart cries

The most famous fan club of the national football team celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. 25 years of unwavering support.

The most famous fan club of the national football team celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. 25 years of unwavering support.

(DH with Joé Weimerskirch) – In the 1990s, Luxembourg football emerged from its torpor after two decades of international headwinds. The positive results are linked and bring with them a new craze. The supporters replenish the spans of the Josy-Barthel stadium. And the M-Block Fanatics is worn on the baptismal font in 1995 when the Roud Léiwen dominate Malta twice, defeat Belarus and, above all, overthrow the Czech Republic, future finalist of the 1996 European Championship.

The ten points gleaned from the English Euro qualifying campaign fueled the enthusiasm. “Even before qualifying for the European Championship, the creation of a fan base was mentioned with the aim of creating atmosphere in the stadium,” recalls Olivier Pozzacchio, the former manager of the M-Block. The group will quickly have up to 500 members.

The euphoria continues until the year 2000 before a natural erosion due to less convincing results, to personal contingencies too. “Many of us have gone abroad to study or start our professional careers and, inevitably, the number of fans has decreased,” recalls Olivier Pozzacchio for who belongs to a group of ultras is not just about following a match from the stands.

“We make flags and banners. And even if we only have five home games per year, preparing for each meeting takes a lot of time, ”he said. A preparation which is now taken over by Batty, the new leader of the group. “We meet regularly and before each match we meet in a café, or, in summer, at the Schueberfouer. Then all of us walk together to the stadium, “he says proudly.

“Huel Se!”

And when it comes to away games, the organization takes on a whole new dimension. Only at the level of logistics with reservation of buses, plane seats and hotel rooms. “For example, we went to Rotterdam for the game against the Netherlands. We organized the booking of buses and entry tickets for our members, and also made a scarf for everyone. ”

And that’s not all. At the end of the 1990s, the magazine “Huel Se!” even sees the light of day with a release date before each home game. “It was sold for 50 francs at the time and allowed us to finance our various operations,” said Olivier Pozzacchio. The latter, like Batty, has over 200 national team encounters. And for both, the draw (0-0) obtained, on September 3, 2017 in Toulouse, against France retains a very special flavor.

 Rarely, supporters have expressed their anger at the national eleven. Except after a certain defeat against Liechtenstein ...

Rarely, supporters have expressed their anger at the national eleven. Except after a certain defeat against Liechtenstein …

Photo: Ben Majerus

“Personally, it was really very moving,” says Batty. And for good reason, the colossus of the North then suffered from cancer. “The match was played the day after my last chemotherapy. I had to rest for two weeks afterwards, I was so exhausted, ”he admits.

On the other hand, if the point won against the world champion appears to be an incredible feat of arms, the defeat against Liechtenstein (0-4) remains stored in the radius of the nightmares. “After the match, we even blocked the exit and we were waiting for the players to express our anger,” concedes Olivier Pozzacchio. Aside from this gesture of humor, the M-Block maintains excellent relations with internationals. “Some even send us messages after each game thanking us for our support.”

Batty and Olivier must now wait to return to the stadium to support their colors. The fault of the covid-19 pandemic, which was due to the friendly matches, against Montenegro and Cyprus, planned for March. The party planned to celebrate the quarter century of the M-Block will also wait for better days.

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