Foreign fans have arrived in droves for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and they’re planning to party while they’re here.
Dutch supporters are easy to spot as they’re usually dressed from head to toe in blazing orange. About 10 000 Oranjegektes (orange madness) arrived in SA before the start of the tournament.
England’s fans, desperate for a World Cup trophy (they last one in 1966) would miss the birth of their child, even their own wedding, for the chance to see Wayne Rooney and his teammates lift the trophy, according to a survey by a UK company.
English fans in white and red are putting their best foot forward because their country is bidding for the 2018 World Cup.
Australians aren’t the best losers and they’re rivaled in this only by Italians. Socceroos fans threw glass bottles onto the field and became rowdy when the team failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Invite a few Aussies if you’re having a World Cup bash – they can light up any do.
Germans are among the most visible supporters – they proudly fly their flag, wear the T-shirts and takkies, paint their faces, dye their hair and paint their bodies red, black and gold.
The 2006 hosts’ fans are more patriotic than most nations and believe without a doubt they’ll go far in this year’s tournament, despite skipper Michael Ballack’s injury-enforced absence.
Italians regard soccer almost as a religion. Expect Italian restaurants in SA to be packed with fans of the current cup-holders.
Brazilians are practically born into soccer so it’s easy to see why Brazil’s group team tickets sold out faster than any other nation’s. Much as in SA, soccer is a lifeline to many Brazilian youngsters – it offers the hope of a better life through sport.