World Cup final 2014: Argentina fans are taking over the world

From Copacabana to Kolkata - fans of the Albiceleste are out in force

The Argentines are coming! Tonight Argentina take on Germany in the battle for international football's biggest prize and its fair to say that fans of the former are getting pretty excited.

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Of course a proud footballing nation such as Germany is equally excited, but with no World Cup success since 1986 and the tournament back on South American soil, it is the passion of the Albiceleste supporters that seems most on show.

Their chant 'Brasil decime que se siente' - to the tune of Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival - has been more of an official anthem to this World Cup than the Fifa sanctioned monstrosity involving Jennifer Lopez and a pitbull and now from Copacabana to Kolkata, their fans are out in force.

Today's Sunday address by Pope Francis. in St Peter's Square in the Vatican, even saw Argentina fans waving flags and wearing replica shirts in support of their team.

Argentina fans in the Vatican Argentina fans in the Vatican
Argentina fans waiting for the Pope in the Vatican Argentina fans waiting for the Pope in the Vatican
Queues to get into the fan area in Rio are already snaking back as far as the eye can see and a whole shopping centre in Porto Alegre has been overrun by exuberant fans dressed in blue and white stripes.

Fans are queueing to get into the fan park Fans are queueing to get into the fan park

In fact even on the banks of the Ganges in Kolkata, Hindu priests have performed rituals for the success of the Argentina team.
An Indian Hindu priest performs rituals for the success of the Argentina team An Indian Hindu priest performs rituals for the success of the Argentina team
It's fair to say they've got all bases covered, but can Argentina win their third World Cup tonight in the Maracana? Only time will tell...

 

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