Whether in the Europa League, the Champions League or at the World Cup: When speedsters storm the pitch, it causes a stir.

What becomes an annoying cat-and-mouse game for folders is a big moment for the speedsters.

For decades, such appearances at major football events have almost been a tradition.

Here some examples:

Rainbow speedster:

In the World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay (2-0), an Italian caused a stir in Qatar with three political messages.

The man who stormed the pitch in the second half of the group game held a rainbow flag.

His Superman T-shirt read "Save Ukraine" on the front and "Respect for Iranian Woman" on the back.

According to media reports, the man has appeared as a speedster several times in international competitions such as the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the Champions League and the Italian Serie A.

Storming the World Cup:

Jaume Marquet aka "Jimmy Jump" is probably the best-known speedster.

The Spaniard had repeatedly appeared with spectacular actions.

One of his most famous streaker actions is the storming of the World Cup trophy before the final between Spain and the Netherlands in South Africa 2010.

"Jimmy Jump" wanted to put a red cap on the trophy.

Shortly before that, however, he was stopped by a security guard.

Dashing for human rights:

The Russian political punk group Pussy Riot caused a media sensation at the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow.

Back then, four speedsters in police-like uniforms briefly interrupted the final between France and Croatia.

Shortly thereafter, the anti-government performance collective announced on social media that the speedsters on the field were their members.

To do this, they drew up a list of demands: political prisoners should be released, arrests at rallies should stop, the country needs more political competition.

Rainbow flag in Munich:

A speedster made another political statement shortly before the EM preliminary round match between Germany and Hungary 2021 in Munich.

The young man – dressed in a Germany jersey – stood in front of the teams with a rainbow flag while the Hungarian national anthem was being played.

Shortly thereafter, he was taken away by folders.

The purpose of the action was to protest against a law that restricts the information rights of young people with regard to homosexuality and transsexuality in Hungary.

Naked facts:

A speedster behaved much more apolitically in the ghost game in the Europa League 2021 between Granada FC and Manchester United.

In the sixth minute of the quarter-final first leg, a naked man suddenly ran across the field.

Police officers caught him after a few seconds and took him away.

It wasn't seen on TV.

At that time, games in Spain were only taking place to the exclusion of spectators due to the corona pandemic.

How the speedster got into the stadium and onto the field remained unclear.

Fame through streaking:

For Tottenham Hotspur, the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool FC was a night to forget.

Spurs lost 2-0 to Jurgen Klopp's team.

For the influencer Kinsey Wolanski, however, the evening was a success: With a streaker action in which she sprinted across the lawn in a bathing suit and promoted an erotic site, she earned plenty of internet fame.

"Life is for living and doing crazy things that you'll remember forever," she wrote on Instagram after the game.

In the hours after the campaign, her number of followers on the social network rose sharply.