By Chris Wright
Clutching his World Cup trophy as if t’were a newborn bairn, with his eyes rouged and the tips of his handsome silver moustache sodden with silent tears; “Brazil’s saddest fan” found minor fame on Tuesday evening after watching his national team being mercilessly flayed from pillar to post by Germany in Belo Horizonte.
Well, the press have been doing a bit of digging and not is this chap Brazil’s saddest fan, he’s also both Brazil’s biggest and Brazil’s nicest fan to boot.
According to The Independent, he goes by the name Clovis Acosta Fernandes, though he is better known in footballing circles as the “Guacho da Copa” (World Cup Cowboy) due to the hat and neckerchief he usually sports when turning out to support La Selecao – something our friend Clovis does incredibly regularly.
As well as this year’s tournament, the World Cup Cowboy has followed Brazil around the world at no less than seven World Cups beginning with Italia ’90.
He’s also attended six Copa Americas, four Confederations Cups and one Olympic games – taking in a total of 154 matches in 66 different countries, which, he himself jokes, technically makes him Brazil’s most capped player!
As for being Brazil’s nicest fan – well, that was demonstrated when, in the immediate aftermath of Brazil’s utter humiliation t’other night, Clovis handed his treasured replica World Cup over to a German fan in the stands and reportedly said: “Take it to the final! As you can see, it is not easy, but you deserve it, congratulations!”
(Image via Independent/Facebook)