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Football's Superfans Worldwide

After the sad passing of Orlando Pirates supporter Mandla "Mgijimi" Sindane this week, we took a look at some other famous superfans around the world, including one who attends every game in his speedo.

Click through the gallery above to see images of some of the game's biggest superfans worldwide!

South African football is still mourning the passing of the ever-present Buccaneers fan, who will be remembered for his passion and love for the game.

"Mgijimi" was not the only superfan in football, though, and there are quite a few other supporters who also became famous for their passion for the beautiful game and the teams they support.

One of Everton's most renowned supporters is Michael Cullen, better known as "Speedo Mick". The Toffees fan gained stardom after attending Everton games in his blue speedo. Whether it rains or snows, Cullen is in the stands in his speedo, and he has actually used his relative fame to do good, having raised more than £100 000 (R2.2 million) through various fundraising activities for charity, according to 90min.

John Westwood is another superfan in England. In fact, he is now known as John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood after legally adding his beloved football team to his name. He also has about 60 Portsmouth tattoos all over his body, and has the letters "PFC" engraved into his teeth.

There is another name or at least image of a football fan that comes to mind when thinking of football's biggest supporters. During FIFA World Cups, many would take note of a Brazil fan who was regularly in the stands with a handmade Jules Rimet trophy. This was the late Clovis Acosta Fernandes, known fondly by many as "Gaucho da Copa". The Selecao superfan attended more than 150 games and was present at seven different World Cups before passing away in 2015. His sons, though, have carried on his legacy, and were in the stands during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with their father's trophy in their hands.

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Fernandes, though, is not the supporter who has attended the most World Cups. That record is held by Venezuela superfan Hely Garagozzo, who has been at the past 10 World Cups, his first being the 1982 edition in Spain. He is estimated to have travelled more than 231 000km to attend World Cup matches, which is equivalent to 5.78 circumnavigations of the earth.

You can see some more of football's superfans in the gallery above, including an Argentine supporter of a fourth-tier club in England, a Charlton Athletic fan who attended 1 076 successive games, as well as "Mama Joy" and some other famous Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates supporters!


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