Champions League: Die-hard football fans are like '12th man', according to latest research
According to a study, hearing and seeing frequent support from fans can boost players' effort levels by up to 8 percent which works out to an entirely new player.
During Leicester City's fairytale run to the Premier League title in 2016, geologists from University of Leicester found that whenever the team scored a goal at their home ground, the King Power Stadium, the celebrations of the fans created minor earthquakes.
It is safe to say that the Leicester City faithful played an important role in pushing their team over the line and a recent research commissioned by Mastercard suggests that fans celebrating goals have a positive effect on their team.
Various clubs around the world including European giants Bayern Munich, Sporting, Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow have retired their No 12 jersey as a mark of respect for their fans, who they term their 12th man and according to the study, the vociferous support from die-hard fans is equivalent to having an extra man on the pitch.
According to the study, hearing and seeing frequent support from fans can boost players' effort levels by up to 8 percent which works out to an entirely new player.
Jeannette Liendo, SVP of marketing in Europe at Mastercard, said, "Whilst much of our lives is moving contactless, physically interacting with your teammates whilst celebrating could be the secret to success on the pitch."
The study was commisioned ahead of the Champions League final between defending champions Real Madrid and five-time winners Liverpool.
Researchers also studied the impact of player celebrations on the outcome of the match and found that different player celebrations could determine if the team win or lose.
Incredulously, the report claims that 82 percent of players who expanded both their arms ended up on the winning team, while 79 percent of players who made fists with both their hands were on the winning team and 77 percent of players who puffed out their chest after scoring, won.
On Saturday, it remains to be seen whether Kopites can spur their team to glory or if the Madridistas will see their team lift the title for the third successive season.
A 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Mainz a fortnight ago cost Bayern the chance to be confirmed Bundesliga champions for the ninth straight season.
Julian Nagelsmann will be replacing Hansi Flick as Bayern Munich coach next season.
Bayern Munich was forced to look for a new coach after Flick said this month he wanted to leave the club despite having a contract through 2023.