World Cup final 2014: Argentina fans are taking over the world
From Copacabana to Kolkata - fans of the Albiceleste are out in force
Sunday 13 July 2014
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.
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 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
The first stop on the Rio Metro. At each stop, more and more cacophonous Argentines will pile on. Superb stuff. pic.twitter.com/U9UFyfaOlb— Tom Peck (@tompeck) July 13, 2014
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
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...
Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
The Sistine Chapel is set to be illuminated with thousands of LEDs
Latest in Sport
Arsene Wenger 18th anniversary at Arsenal: His WORST signings XI during his time with the Gunners
18 things Wenger has still never done at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger's worst signings XI
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Nani: On loan Sporting Lisbon winger admits he may not return to Manchester United
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'