Kaizer Chiefs are arguably South Africa’s most popular football club. Founded in 1970, the team – which is also known as 'Amakhosi' – has won scores of titles and entertained millions of fans. Chiefs enjoy a particularly competitive rivalry with fellow Soweto soccer club, Orlando Pirates.

Did you know?

Popular British rock band Kaiser Chiefs, known for hits such as Ruby, named themselves after the football club.

<p> Every Kaizer Chiefs match is a big deal, with fans travelling from far and wide to support their team, regardless of where in South Africa they are playing. Droves of yellow-clad supporters<strong></strong> take to the streets before and after the game to blow <em>vuvuzelas</em> (a plastic horn), sing, dance and celebrate soccer.</p><p> The Soweto Derby with Orlando Pirates is a particularly atmospheric occasion, regardless of where the game is played.</p><p> Football fans visiting Gauteng should take the time to watch a Kaizer Chiefs match in Soweto, and to combine soccer with sightseeing in this buzzing township. Kaizer Chiefs generally play their home games at FNB Stadium, which hosted the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup<sup> </sup>under the name Soccer City.</p><p> The conventional 'peace' sign (index and middle fingers raised upwards, facing forward) is also used by Kaizer Chiefs’ supporters as a sign of unity and allegiance to their team. This is just one of the many ways in which the Amakhosi faithful connect.</p><p> Siphiwe Tshabalala, who shot to fame with a screamer of a goal for South Africa against Mexico in the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, and Itumeleng Khune, who made some amazing saves during that tournament, are two of Kaizer Chiefs' most internationally recognised players of recent times.</p><p> Some Kaizer Chiefs legends of the past 20 years include Doctor Khumalo (who made 397 appearances for the club), former national captain Neil Tovey, John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu and Marks Maponyane.</p><p> Kaizer Chiefs was founded by Kaizer Motaung, who played for Orlando Pirates early on in his career before moving to the United States to represent the Atlanta Chiefs.</p>

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

<p> <strong>Kaizer Chiefs head office</strong><br> Tel: +27 (0)11 941 1465<br> Email: <a href="mailto:info@kaizerchiefs.com">info@kaizerchiefs.com</a></p>

How to get here

<p> Kaizer Chiefs generally play their home matches at FNB Stadium in Soweto. Various forms of public transport are available to the stadium on match days.</p>

Best time to visit

<p> Kaizer Chiefs are in action most months of the year.</p>

What to pack

<p> If the sound of <em>vuvuzelas</em> hurts your ears, pack earplugs.</p>

What's happening

<p> Keep an eye on the Kaizer Chiefs website for updated fixtures.</p>

Best buys

<p> The bright yellow Kaizer Chiefs jerseys are very fashionable and will be a great souvenir to take home with you. These can be acquired from salespeople outside stadiums on match days and can also be bought at most sports apparel shops.</p>