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FANS AROUND THE WORLD

PETER

VANCOUVER, CANADA

Everyone feels passion for their country whenever they participate on the world stage. However, it’s nice to feel that same emotion when cheering for your hometown team. That’s why I fell in love with the Vancouver Whitecaps from the moment they entered MLS.


I wasn’t an MLS fan before Vancouver’s inaugural season in 2011. In fact, I used to hate the league, but I gave it a chance.


Since then, I’ve become a huge supporter and advocate for MLS. I love the Whitecaps because it’s my city’s team.


The Whitecaps also play in a league with a lot of ambition. I want to be able to tell my kids and grandkids that I supported Vancouver from the very beginning, and stuck with them through thick and thin.


I can never really answer people when they ask “Why do you like the Whitecaps?” All I know is that I have a close tie to the club as a born and raised Vancouverite.


There’s nothing better than seeing your hometown club enjoy success. That’s why the Whitecaps mean so much to me.


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FELIPE

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

My name is Felipe Junqueira, I am from Brazil and a supporter of Sao Paulo Futebol Clube. All started with my grandfather and my father.


They were supporters of the club since they were little. So when I was young my dad and my grandpa came and gave me some Sao Paulo jerseys so I could join them watching the team in the stadium.


After this, I was so much interested in soocer and the team that I became a really fanatic supporter which I am still today. I am so proud of my team. These days, I could make some friends because of soccer, now I am going to every Sao Paulo game with them.


My wish would be to travel around the world to see my team play, hopefully one day again in a FIFA Club World Cup Final…



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PIETRO

TORONTO, CANADA

Juventus is one of the most supported teams in Italy, so it made sense for me to hop on the bandwagon when I started watching football.


Most of my family supports the team, so I was essentially forced to like Juve. However, as I’ve matured and begun to understand the game, my fandom for the club has decreased when watching Serie A matches.


It must be because I’m so used to seeing Juve win the league every year. My bias only comes out during Champions League games, because that’s a competition where Juventus struggles.


One of the reasons I like to support Juve is because of the diversity. Everyone I know is a fan of a Premier League team, and while I like English football, it gets old when you hear about it every day.


That’s why being a fan of a team outside of England is so cool. I watch Serie A religiously every weekend. It makes me unique in a casual group of football fans. That’s why I love to support Juventus.



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NONTAKON

BANGKOK, THAILAND

I remember watching Manchester United for the first time when I was really young with my father. They were playing against the Hammers at home I believe. It was a really good game. We were up 2­-0 at half time, and I turned and said to my dad, "we are going to score two more goals for sure!". The game ended 6­-0 Man United with Gary Neville on the scoresheet. That game will forever be in my memory.


 The enjoyment and excitement I had watching my favourite sport live with my father, who is also a red devil, was purely genuine. They were innocent emotions from a kid watching a game with his father. I think the one and only reason I have been a hardcore Manchester United fan ever since I could remember is my father. He exposed me to the world of football, and Manchester United has been a huge part of it.


I cannot imagine myself supporting any other clubs because I already fell in love with Manchester United.



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Vancouver Whitecaps supporters choreography | Photo: JW

LUKAS

FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the most famous sport clubs in Germany and especially in my hometown area quite a big deal. The club was founded in 1899 and is one of the founding members of the Bundesliga.  

The team already experienced numerous ups and downs, from winning the UEFA Cup in 1980 to the several relegations to the second division. The nickname “Diva from the Main (river in Frankfurt, editor’s note)” definitely concurs. Despite all those “downs” the Eintracht supporters stayed loyal and supported their club even more in desperate situations. That’s what I was fascinated by and caught my attention to the club when I was a teenager. Furthermore my dad brought me every few weeks to the games which strengthened my enthusiasm for the Eintracht.


I think the special think about the club is that it never gets boring according to the unsteady performances. On the other hand precisely in the times of money and commerce it’s important to support your home team and traditional club. The way Eintracht played in the last years wasn’t always the most impressive but the atmosphere in the station was always legit and the fans never turned their back on the team.


After all one can say that the Eintracht is one of those teams where the fans must have the ability to suffer but at the same time the clubs shares unforgettable moments like the Europa-League Season 2013/2014.        



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