Crowd watching match at the Copenhagen City Hall Square.

The Roligan movement is the group of Danish football fans who are well-mannered, yet cheerful before, during, and after the match. This behavior is the exact opposite of that exhibited by hooligans. The term roligan is a pun based on the word rolig which means "calm" in Danish.


The term "Roligan" was invented by the editors of the Danish newspaper B.T. in 1985, and later included in the Danish dictionary.[1]

The movement was founded during the successful years of Danish football in the 1980s. The Danish roligans’ colourful and convivial behaviour in connection with international matches through the 1980s resulted in the UNESCO 'Fair Play Trophy' in 1984 being awarded to the 'Danish Supporters at the European Championship in France'.

See also


  1. Mie Kirstine Rasmussen (1 July 2015). "I dag siger vi farvel til roliganen" (in Danish). DR. Retrieved 27 April 2016.

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