The sons of Brazil's most famous superfan are carrying on their dad's legacy in Russia
Clovis Acosta Fernandes was more than a super fan, he was an institution. For 25 years he followed the Brazilian national team, watching SeleÃ§Ã£o play over 150 matches in person.
In 2015 Clovis passed away after a battle with cancer, but his impact on the sport was so profound that the World Cupâs official Instagram account decided to celebrate his life.
The 2018 World Cup represents the first since 1990 that Clovis wonât be able to attend, but his spirit and joy is being carried on in Russia, courtesy of his sons.
Frank and Gustavo brought their fatherâs iconic replica of the World Cup that he carried to every match, and will be preserving his spirit and joy. The sons are preparing for Brazilâs opening match against Switzerland by meeting with other Brazil fans, letting soccer lovers pose with their fatherâs trophy, and sharing hi s passion for the game.
Brazil may be without their 12th man today, but his spirit will never be forgotten. Somewhere Clovis is going to be watching this game. Iâm sure of it.
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