Fan travels 1500km to have an entire tribune for him
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The nominees for the annual FIFA Fan Award have been announced, having been selected by a panel of FIFA Legends. Recognizing exceptional moments from those in the stands during September 2017 and July 2018, FIFA.com users can choose one of the three nominations on the shortlist below to see them commended at the ceremony in London on 24 September.
Japan and Senegal supporters have been nominated after their display of ‘dedication’ and ‘passion’ at the World Cup. Japan maintained their amazing tradition of cleaning the stadium, even after suffering a heart-breaking loss in the final seconds of their World Cup last-16 match against Belgium. While Senegal fans cleaned up their section inside the stadium before leaving the ground after victory against Poland.
Moreover, Peru’s national team supporters also have been nominated in the best fans category at the Best FIFA Football Awards. As is known, more than 40.000 Peruvian soccer fans traveled to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Despite the team’s first two defeats, the Inca country citizens’ support for their national squad remained intact, both in the homeland and overseas.
But the best nominee’ story comes now! No one expected anyone to be backing Puerto Montt in Chile’s Primera B, with the visitors making a 3.000km round trip to face Coquimbo. But Sebastián Carrera stunned his own team by arriving to cheer them on, while the hosts had to open an entire tribune just for him. The only Puerto Montt fan to witness his side’s win, the team dedicated the triumph to him and his incredible loyalty.
“Carrera spent two days on a bus to support his team, traveling twice the 1.500 kilometresby road”FIFA Fan Awards
Carrera spent two days on a bus to support his team, traveling twice the 1.500 kilometres by road between the cities of Puerto Montt and Coquimbo. Upon his arrival he discovered he was the only away fan, but that didn’t stop him cheering on his heroes non-stop for the entire match. He was well rewarded too, with Deportes Puerto Montt running out 2-1 winners.
“That win’s for you… you gave everything for your side”, said Deportes Puerto Montt player Juan Pablo Abarzúa, while fellow Chilean Arturo Vidal, now plying his trade with Barcelona, said “that’s a real fan!”