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Insane Pictures of Soccer Fans Loving the World Cup

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2014

Insane Pictures of Soccer Fans Loving the World Cup

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    Leo Correa/Associated Press

    Although sports fans in general are some of the most insane, passionate people on the planet, when stacking craziness up against each other in different sports in particular, soccer almost always wins.

    What makes these football fanatics so different?

    It could be their ridiculous outfits, amazing cheers or the fact that, in some cases, it can actually start or help end wars.

    And because we'll all be seeing them a lot over the next month now that the World Cup has kicked off, here are some insane pics to get you hyped for Brazil, 2014.

Brazilian Flag Man

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    Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press

    One can't really blame this guy for geeking out over the World Cup this year—considering it is in what appears to be his home country of Brazil.

    As most of us know, that particular country is known for three things—sexy women, soccer and sexy women watching soccer, so this makes plenty of sense if you ask me.

Mexican Supporters

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    Leo Correa/Associated Press

    Seeing how there have already been a fair share of questionable calls already in this World Cup—and it's only Day 3—one can feel the pain pouring through these Mexican supporters.

    El Tri may have been ripped off early with an offside call that wasn't really offsides, but I'm guessing these fans are drinking tons of tequila and celebrating hard following the team's win against Cameroon.

The Chilean Clown

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    Felipe Dana/Associated Press

    Just like Antoine Dodson said a few years ago, "Hide yo kids, hide yo wives," because, if I saw this Chilean clown walking around Brazil, I'd be completely freaked the hell out.

    Still, I can appreciate the effort to support his team—even if it is from a distance of at least 15 feet. Clowns scare me, man.

The Lucha Libre

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    Leo Correa/Associated Press

    While I mentioned a few other Mexican soccer fans earlier who were sweating it out over their team's win, this guy dressed as a lucha libre looks like he's ready to take on the refs who mistakenly called some El Tri players offsides.

    This dude just looks cool—if not scary.

German Force

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    Darko Bandic/Associated Press

    They might not appear to be too serious thanks to the fake mustaches, clown noses and German flag frames, but these supporters of the national team probably are a lot more insane than they first look.

    That's not to say that they are crazy, but just to say that they know how to be the biggest fans in the entire stadium.

A Roman Gladiator

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    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    They may not have been playing in the Colosseum in Rome, but this Italian fan made sure he dressed the part to help show his love for the Azzurri.

    Gladiators back in the day used to fight a variety of animals and swarms of people. This guy wanted to remind people of that in case they thought about messing with him, I suppose.

A Winter Wonderland

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    Besides the fact that this U.S. fan is decked out in red, white and blue nearly everywhere one can see, I really hope he was sporting American flag long johns, too.

    Soccer is a game that, ideally, is played in warm weather with damp grass.

    But this guy doesn't seem to care, braving the elements to make sure that he proudly yells for Sam's Army.

Heartbroken

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    JENS MEYER/Associated Press

    There's nothing worse than seeing your team either concede a goal or actually lose.

    So checking out this picture of a German fan feel the pain that comes with one of those events is pretty tough to look at.

    Then again, I won't feel too bad if this is how the Deutsch supporters looks when they play the United States in a few weeks.

Selecao Spectacles

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    Felipe Dana/Associated Press

    With Brazil's soccer team donning the nickname of the Selecao, this guy makes sure he can see all the action about to unfold on the pitch, as he sports some serious shades to take in the game against Croatia in the opening match.

    I wonder if he walked out with these on, or if they fell off in celebration after the team's win?

Bear-Ing It All

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    Martin Meissner/Associated Press

    This is just frightening.

    There's nothing that says World Cup fever quite like four grown men dressed in bear costumes—although, I'm sure they're going for lions.

    No matter what animal they actually are, they are intensely cheering for their Netherlands squad.

Ripped Warrior

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    Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

    I have no idea which team this guy is rooting for or if his country of choice is even in the World Cup, but he's decked out in some intimidating garb.

    Let's face it, the dude is jacked, and he looks as if he could mess people up if they were cheering for an opposing team.

The Brazilian Richard Simmons

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    Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press

    For all you 20-somethings out there who don't remember who Richard Simmons is, this picture is a reminder of who he is—sort of.

    Known for his workouts of geriatrics, Simmons was a king of infomercials.

    This dude looks like he wants to be the king of the World Cup, flashing some serious garb to cheer on Brazil.

Larissa Riquelme

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    NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP/Getty Images

    It's sort of a shame that Larissa Riquelme's Paraguayan side didn't make the World Cup this year.

    Actually, come to think of it, after reminding me just how sexy she is after staring at this photo for a good five minutes, it's absolutely the worst thing about this tournament.

    This may be four years old now, but Riquelme shows how passionate—and wild—some fans get.

A Hairy Situation

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    Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press

    There have been some ridiculous sports haircuts over the past few years, so what's another one to add to the list?

    This kid must have decided that getting a soccer ball designed on his head would help bring his team some good luck, because that's exactly what he did to celebrate the biggest tournament on the planet.

    Hopefully this won't be something that becomes routine for him, though.

Mighty Mascots

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    Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press

    OK, so I know that these aren't the official mascots of the World Cup this year, but, well, actually I have no idea what these guys are really going for?

    Still, I guess I can appreciate the effort by choosing an outfit—and headgear—and sticking to it, because sometimes that's just half the battle.

Orange Crush

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    Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

    I've been to Amsterdam before, and after visiting, I can tell you that what this dude is wearing actually isn't too far off the scope of what some may dress in on a regular day.

    But when there's a soccer game being played against the same Spain team that defeated Netherlands in the World Cup Finals four years ago, there's a little extra crazy that comes out in a person—and it seemed to have worked.

The Masked Man and the T-Rex

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    Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press

    This guy might just win in my book for being the most ballsy of any soccer fan at this year's World Cup—so far, anyway.

    Dressed to kill—maybe literally—he has a T-Rex on his hand, a helmet that resembles a Master Chief mask from the video game Halo and what appears to be a fake torso that makes him look stronger than he really is.

    All in all, a great, wild costume to show his Chilean love.

Why so Serious?

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    Felipe Dana/Associated Press

    Seemingly the stepchild of the Joker from the Batman movies, this fan is harder to look at than the other Chilean clown I showed earlier.

    And normally I would link to a similar example of something that freaks me out, but I'm literally too scared to search for a picture of the clown from the movie It—who would be just about the most terrifying soccer fan on the planet if real.

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