The term ‘glory hunter’ has been used in soccer for a long time now. Honestly, it’s not the most pleasant term out there, but it’s essential to understand it.
So, what is a glory hunter? How can you tell if someone is looking for glory? And how do you avoid becoming a glory hunter?
Let’s find out now.
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What is a glory hunter in soccer?
A glory hunter in soccer supports a team simply because they are successful. They often don’t have any affiliation with the team they support and are only interested in following them because they win trophies. In some cases, glory hunters ditch their team as soon as they start losing before choosing to support someone else entirely! As you can imagine, this is frowned upon in soccer. Let’s dig into the concept of glory hunting in more detail now.
Where does the term come from?
It’s not 100% clear where the term glory hunting originates. However, many in England associate the term with Manchester United, who have a famous chant that goes ‘Glory, Glory, Man United.‘
The song was released in 1983 before United played in the FA Cup final of that year. But it wasn’t until the nineties that the song really became mainstream.
Under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United became one of the most successful teams globally, winning trophy after trophy with relentless ease.
With United’s success came a considerable increase in their global fanbase. In the 1980s, Manchester United were just like any other English team, and most of their supporters were from the city.
Fast-forward to the late nineties when Ferguson led United to Champions League glory at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, and United were one of the most well-supported teams in the world.
This led many fans of other teams – ironically Manchester City fans being among the most vocal – to tarnish the new United fans as ‘glory hunters.’
In England, at least, if a person from London explains to someone that they are a Manchester United fan, they’re often accused of being a glory supporter.
While the term is now used to refer to fans of other teams, there’s no doubt that the term was popularised by supporters’ envy of the great Manchester United team of the 1990s.