Why do Man City fans turn their backs during a match? Explaining the Poznan celebration and what it means


Manchester City could write their names amongst the greatest teams in European history if they beat Inter Milan in the 2023 Champions League final.

Victory in the final would not only see the Citizens win their first ever Champions League title, but it would also bring them their first European treble. Guardiola’s side beat Arsenal to the Premier League before securing the FA Cup trophy against Manchester United.

Man City fans suffered heartbreak in 2021 when they lost the Champions League final to Chelsea in Porto, Portugal. They will be optimistic as the Sky Blues are heavy favourites to win the match, but there will always be some nerves as kickoff approaches.

The Sporting News looks at the famous celebration by Man City fans, the ‘Poznan’.

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What is the Poznan?

The ‘Poznan’ is a celebration by football fans during matches when they turn their back on the players, put their arm around each other’s shoulders and jump on the spot in unison.

The sporting celebration usually occurs after a goal, normally of some importance, is scored and the match has essentially been settled. City fans performed the ‘Poznan’ ahead of title celebrations in their Premier League match against Chelsea.

The ‘Poznan’ is called the ‘Grecque’ in other parts of Europe, specifically in Poland. Man City fans coined the term Poznan to pay homage to the club that taught them how to do it, Lech Poznan.

Are Man City the only club to do the Poznan?

Man City and Polish side Lech Poznan met in the 2010/11 Europa League group stage in Manchester. Although it was the home side who won 3-1 on the day, thanks to a hat-trick from Emmanuel Adebayor, the Lech fans still performed the ‘Poznan’. City fans adopted it from there on in.

At first, some supporters of Australian team Western Sydney Wanderers did the celebration in the 80th minute of their matches to represent the first football match they played in 1880.

Celtic fans have a very similar celebration, which they call the ‘Huddle’, as the fans sing ‘Let’s All Do The Huddle’. Spanish team Deportivo Alaves celebrate most of their goals with their own version of the ‘Poznan’. 

Ajax (Netherlands), Atletico Ottawa (Canada), Maccabi Haifa (Israel), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), FC Copenhagen (Denmark), Charlotte FC (USA) and Al Wasl (UAE) have all also been seen doing the ‘Poznan’ on numerous occasions. 

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Man City vs Inter Milan TV channel, live stream

  TV channel Streaming
USA CBS, TUDN, Univision FuboParamount+, ViX, Univision Now, TUDN app/website
UK BT Sport Ultimate,
BT Sport 1
BT Sport site/app/YouTube channel
Australia Stan Sport
Canada DAZN
Hong Kong beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect
India Sony Ten 2 JioTV, Sony LIV
Malaysia beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, sooka
New Zealand Spark Sport
Singapore beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+

USA: Stream the UEFA Champions League final live in the USA on Paramount+. Try 1 month free with promo code FINAL.

The match will be televised on CBS (English), Univision (Spanish) and TUDN (Spanish) , which will be streamed on Fubo, offering a free trial for new users. Spanish-speaking viewers can also stream the match on ViX and Univision Now.

Canada: The 2023 Champions League final streams live on DAZN.

UK: The match will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and streamed on BT Sport platforms, including BT Sport’s YouTube channel for free.

Australia: Watch the UEFA Champions League Final, Man City v Inter, with all the action streaming ad-free, live and in 4K UHD on Stan Sport from 4:30am AEST on June 11.

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