This weekend, a friendly match took place between Polish side GKS Katowice, and Czech club Banik Ostrava. Fans from both teams gathered at the Municipal stadium in Ostrava to celebrate a rare anniversary in football, 20 years of friendship. No one really knows how it all began, but legend has it; Katowice fans went for a holiday and became friends with the Czechs. As a result, Banik fans visited the GKS stadium in 1996, and 6 months later there was a Czechia-Poland game in Ostrava, where the fans sat together. The teams also have similar stories, with GKS getting relegated a while back, and Banik constantly fighting relegation. Today these fan groups are closer than ever, just another sign of how football is more than classic rivalries, sometimes its unexpected friendships.
Celebrating 20 years of Friendship: GKS Katowice - FC Banik Ostrava