For fans, watching professional sports will bring out a whole host of emotions. Joy, excitement, anxiety, agony, anger and hatred are just a few of the feelings a match can generate. Hatred is one of the main emotions that fans feel in sports, and this is largely down to certain teams that have a knack of getting the majority of fans’ blood boiling. Whilst many of these teams are the most popular and successful teams in their sport, they are also despised by millions around the world and their success is often a contributing factor to this.
12. San Francisco 49ers
As this list will demonstrate, even if a team has not dominated for many years, they can still be despised by everyone outside their fanbase. The San Francisco 49ers dominated the NFL throughout the ’80s, winning the Super Bowl in 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and again in 1994. This is where the intense hatred that many NFL fans have for the 49ers comes from, as well as their incredibly smug slogan which reads “Who’s got it better than us?” On top of this, their fanbase contributes to the dislike that many have for the 49ers, with reputation for often being violent and rude to other fans at games. They may not have won a championship for over 20 years, but plenty of football fans will still actively root against the 49ers due to the period in which they dominated the league.