Germany is well known for numerous things like great beer, free education, and awesome soccer. Although the national team’s official name and code was “Germany FR (FRG),” it was shortened to “Germany (GER)” in 1990. The team is also one of the strongest worldwide, having won as many as four World Cups.
We bet a big part of the success of the team is its adoring fans. In 2010, for example, this German fan caught the attention of many while cheering for Germany against Australia at the 2010 World Cup soccer match, which was held at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.
There are a few national soccer fans that are as enthusiastic about soccer (as the Americans call it) as American soccer fans. The Americans bought the highest number of tickets for the 2018 World Cup, behind only Russia, who happened to be the host.
The same vigor was seen at their 2014 World Cup outing where, even in a loss to Belgium, the entire world witnessed the unbroken American spirit- the fervor they’ve embodied in the famous American Dream. As of October 2022, the American men’s national team placed 16th in the FIFA men’s ranking, a better position than the 27th it placed in 2014.
If you did a quick research on the hottest fans at the World Cup, you’d find a picture of this woman. Cheering for Costa Rica, this woman caught the eye of many in the stands. We guess when you’re cheering for the most successful national soccer team from the region of Central America, it’s important to show up and show out.
The team is the only national team in Central America to have played in five FIFA World Cup editions. They had their best performance in 2014 after finishing first in their group of three former World Cup champions: Uruguay, Italy, and England.
Switzerland is regarded as one of the most innovative countries in the world, and it ranks second in terms of life expectancy. While it is probably best known for its ski resorts, chocolates, and cheese, its citizens are undeniably wealthy, with the highest wealth per person in the world. This could also be because the country is a global economic hub.
Although it is globally associated with economic interests, it is also heavily invested in sports, particularly soccer. Every weekend, over 10,000 soccer matches are reportedly played, with tens of thousands of fans cheering them on. In addition, there are over 270,000 licensed soccer players in the country.
Russia may be famous for some unsavory things, but it does have a lot it is blessed with. Known for being the largest country in the world as well as one of the seven world powers, many don’t know that Russia is also home to a national team that has qualified for the FIFA World Cup 11 times.
The team has been a member of the association since 1912, but its first tournament was in 1958. It has also taken home fourth place in the tournament once. In all its appearances, the country’s national has always had stunning women cheering for it in the crowd.
The nickname “Red Devils Association” by the Royal Belgian Football Association is not lost on Belgian soccer fans, because these fans are equally as fierce as they are beautiful. Combine these formidable supporters with a team that has the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, and what you get is a well-oiled soccer machine that is capable of dismantling any team.
Therefore, the team’s third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup wasn’t surprising at all, and neither was their first-place FIFA ranking. Looking at their second-place ranking in 2022, it is safe to say that Belgium’s national team would be a force to reckon with.
We still wonder what these fans screamed at their team to bring about the devastating defeat that the Saudi Arabian team suffered at their hands, but one thing is certain: they are not to be messed with, and certainly not in their own country. They cheered the Russian team to a near win against Croatia and didn’t lose spirit when they lost on penalties.
The fans did pretty well for a team that came from the lowest-ranking side to qualify for the World Cup. The Russian team upped its ranking to 33rd in the 2022 FIFA rankings, from 48th in 2018.
Paraguay is a country in South America, sandwiched between Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia. They are nicknamed “Corazón de América,” which translates to “Heart of America,” and are thought to be more homogeneous than other South American countries.
Along with a talented female soccer team that was ranked 50th in the 2021 FIFA men’s ranking, they also have quite patriotic fans. The lady in the image wore an outfit that resembled the Paraguayan flag, which is a red, white, and blue triband. This color scheme, adopted in 1842, was inspired by the French Tricolor and was thought to represent independence and liberty.
The women at the 2018 World Cup were quite a sight for sore eyes. So much so that people stayed glued to them and some people even started making complaints about the pretty fans distracting fans from the real action – the soccer matches themselves.
One of those women was this lady supporting the Poland national team. The team has competed in seven FIFA World Cup editions since its first appearance in 1938. It also won bronze medals at the tournament in 1974 and 1982. Having lost momentum in global soccer since 1986, the country has never repeated this feat at the World Cup ever since.
These Portuguese fans may just be the wildest of them all! Their appetite for soccer is just beautiful to watch. The 2018 World Cup saw fans, Carlos Brum and Pedro Lobotomy drive 7000 kilometers from Lisbon to Russia just to cheer the Portuguese team! Such a display of passion for soccer and for the country is quite inspirational.
The Portuguese fans cheered their team to victory against Morocco and a draw with their bitter rivals, Spain. Thanks to this passion, the Portuguese team was ranked sixth in the FIFA men’s ranking in 2018 and had dropped to ninth as of October 2022.
Due to its natural beauty and cultural diversity, South Africa is one of the top destinations in the world. National parks and protected sites of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, make it a favorite tourist spot.
More than that, there’s the South African national team to fall in love with. The national team previously had a decades-long hiatus and only resumed playing at an international level in 1992. It’s also the first African country to host a World Cup. Given how far they have come, it’s no surprise to see South Africans cheering loudly and celebrating at stands, like this woman right here.
You may know that the Australian National team, the “Socceroos”, has thrashed soccer giants and world champions like Uruguay, France, and Argentina. It has also fought others like Brazil to a draw. However, you may not know that the secret behind these successes was often the intensity of its fans.
Its outing at the 2018 World Cup may not have been all that savory, but these super fans kept their spirits, even breaking out beers to celebrate their players. The Australian team was ranked 41st in the 2018 FIFA men’s ranking but has traded that for the 38th position as of October 2022.
The Tifosi are probably the world’s most successful fans thanks to cheering for one of the most successful national teams ever to play soccer. They’ve cheered the Italian team to win four FIFA World Cup titles, two European Championships, and probably more second and third positions than any other team in the world. It is often said that the Tifosi put the “fan” into fanaticism with their world-renowned displays.
“Gli Azzurri,” as the Italian team is popularly called, last won a World Cup title in 2006, placing 2nd in the 2006 FIFA men’s rankings. It was placed sixth in the same ranking in 2022.
The Dutch are well-known for their use of the color orange, which has served as the country’s national color for many years. It is primarily derived from the House of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch royal family. The color was also used in the name of the national soccer team, and legions of fans wear matching outfits to big games.
This explains why this fan dressed in the same color as a show of patriotism and support for their country’s national team, which qualified for the World Cup in 2022. The country is credited with transforming the carrot into its current orange color.
Many people have different opinions about Mexico. However, we bet everyone can agree that her national team is one of the strongest in the world. The team is one of six countries to qualify for seventeen World Cups, and this has happened consecutively since 1994.
The team, along with Brazil, are the only two nations to make it out of the group stage over the last seven World Cups. With a track record like this, it’s no surprise that it has amassed fans that would go to lengths to support it. It also helps that the fans are usually easy on the eyes.
If you did a quick research on Argentina, one of the things you’d immediately find out is the country’s love for soccer. With world-famous soccer stars in the team, including seven-time Ballon d’Or award winner, Lionel Messi, who serves as captain of the country’s national team, there is no shortage of goals.
With the success of the team, it’s expected that its fans would go to any length to support it, and the fans never disappoint. They wear the country’s colors and scream at the World Cup matches. This beautiful woman, for example, looks excited to witness Argentine soccer players in action.
Serbia is well-known for having birthed over 17 Roman emperors, which explains its rich culture and heritage. It also explains why its tour packages are so popular among history lovers. The country, also known as the Republic of Serbia, has been recognized as having historical significance because its capital, Belgrade, reportedly housed human settlements 7,000 years ago.
It is therefore no news that reputable figures like Nicola Tesla, Mihajlo Pupin, Vuk Stefanovic Karadi, and Mihailo Petrovi are all descended from Serbians. The country is also known for its friendliness and hospitality, which contributes to a fervent fan base for its national soccer team’s matches.
In soccer, any team that holds its own against a strong team usually has two things to attribute the win to the skills of its players and the support of its supporters. While we think that the Danish team is very skilled, we think its relative success is also a result of its raging fans. With passions hotter than their adorable faces may suggest, these fans were able to inspire their players to a one-nil victory against Peru in the 2018 World Cup.
As of 2022, Denmark was placed tenth in the FIFA men’s ranking, a position it has maintained since 2018.
The 2010 World Cup saw a lot of stunning supporters cheering in the stands. In the crowd was this beautiful woman cheering for Chile. The country, which is famous for being one of the longest countries in the world with a coastline of around 6,500 kilometers, is also home to a thriving national soccer team.
The team has appeared in nine World Cup tournaments. In 1962, they hosted the FIFA World Cup and they finished in third place, the highest position the country has ever achieved in the tournament. Surprisingly, Chile did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
While England is well-known for having some of the world’s best universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, it also has some of the world’s best scientists. Some technological advances can be attributed to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking, in particular.
In addition to having top-tier scientists and being credited with the invention of the World Wide Web, they are also excellent athletes with a long history of fan support. Over 10,000 tickets for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been sold to English fans. They are admirable, as are these two, who are dressed identically and have paintings of the country’s flag on their faces.
The cheers, the songs, the colors, the costumes, and the sheer number of supporters – South Americans take this fan business to a whole new level. We have not found Colombian fans lacking in any of those aforementioned qualities. This was evident in their 3:0 victory over Poland’s national team, which fielded outstanding players such as Lewandowski. The same tournament saw their victory against Senegal, Africa’s highest-ranking team.
Such performances placed them at the 12th position in the 2018 FIFA ranking and moved them up to the tenth position in 2019. The Colombian team was ranked 17th in the 2022 FIFA men’s rankings.
Although Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, it has produced some of the most well-known soccer players in the world, including Luis Saurez. The country is also known for having the most passionate and loyal fans. An example of such would be the ladies in the picture. The display of love for their national team is evident on their faces.
The Uruguay national team is one of the most skillful in the world. It’s no surprise they won the first-ever World Cup in 1930. They have won several other tournaments since then, including the 1970 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 China Cup.
Ghana has the largest single open-air market in West Africa, with Accra, its capital city, being the most expensive city in Africa. The country takes its name from one of West Africa’s medieval empires, which was previously known as Wagadugu. Sandwiched between Togo, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso, Ghana holds the distinction of being the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence.
While thriving with natural resources such as gold and cocoa, the country takes pride in its hospitality to both citizens and strangers. They are also known for their unity, which is reflected in their sports, for which they have won the African Cup of Nations four times.
Apart from living in the largest country in South America, which explains why they have four different time zones, Brazilians are known to be among the world’s greatest soccer enthusiasts. According to popular belief, at least nine out of ten Brazilians have played soccer at some point in their lives.
They are not only dedicated to the sport, but they also have one of the best national soccer teams in the world. They have won the FIFA World Cup finals five times, more than any other country in history. Having beautiful and supportive fans cheering the national soccer team on is always a huge bonus.
In 2018, as a result of exiting the competition early, Egyptian fans didn’t have ample time to show the passion for which they’re known for, and for which soccer fans were banned from watching matches in stadiums throughout Egypt. The fans still managed to cheer the Pharaohs at their last match of the competition against Saudi Arabia, which ultimately ended in defeat for Egypt.
Not deterred, they cheered Egypt to a six-nil victory against Niger in their next competition after their World Cup exit. As of October 2022, the Egyptian team was ranked 39th in the FIFA rankings, an upward move since they placed 56th in 2018.
The Daily Telegraph called them the wildest fans to grace the 2018 World Cup. FIFA imposed a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs on the Polish soccer association for the conduct of its fans, but that didn’t stop the fans from cheering the Polish team to a one-nil victory against Japan. In 1974, Poland finished as high as third in the tournament, repeating the same feat in 1982.
The national soccer team also placed 20th in the 2018 FIFA men’s ranking, a position that it relinquished for 19th, just a year after the tournament. As of October 2022, Poland ranks 26 on the list.
Ecuador is well-known for being the only country named after a geographical feature, the Equator. It is also the only country closest to space. Ecuador’s official name is República del Ecuador, which translates to “Republic of the Equator” because the Equator runs through the country.
As an aside, the country has a monument installed at one of the locations where standing on it puts you in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. They have a formidable female soccer team in addition to amazing and beautiful fans such as these. In July 2022, the team defeated Bolivia by a score of six goals to one.
“Breathtaking” might be the first word that comes to mind, but even that doesn’t do justice to the Croatian fans that cheered for their team in the 2018 World Cup. The fact that the Croatian team trounced teams from Denmark, Belgium, Russia, and England to go all the way to the final says a thing or two about how fierce men can be in the face of beauty.
Croatia may not have won the World Cup, but going up against France in a final is quite a feat for a small country like Croatia. The outing shot their FIFA ranking from 17th in 2014, to fourth in 2018.
If you’re a lover of nature, then Slovakia is the perfect destination for you. Best known for its national parks, folk architecture, and hiking trails, the country is home to hundreds of caves, some of which are protected sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
However, there are a few more things that Slovakians and people visiting the country get to enjoy, such as cheering for the national team at the World Cup. This is a recent development compared to other countries, as the Slovakian team is one of the newest national soccer teams in the world, following a split from the Czechoslovakia national team.
Algeria is famous for a host of things. Not only is it the largest country in Africa, it is also rich in petroleum and natural gas, making it a huge exporter of these products. Like many countries, Algeria has a national soccer team, giving citizens the opportunity to cheer in the stands for their country.
It joined the International Federation of Association Football in 1964, less than two years after it gained independence. The national team holds the title of champions at the last FIFA Arab Cup. It has also qualified for three more World Cups since its first qualification in 1982.
Iran has advanced so much over the years. In addition to being the birthplace of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, they have become quite famous too for their art, architecture, and culture. One of their specialties is calligraphy, which explains why the body paintings on this fan are flawless.
The number ten was embroidered on her shirt alongside the heart-shaped figure. This number was worn by Iranian soccer players Sardar Azmoun and Karim Ansarifard as members of the country’s 2021 national team squad. Although the fan’s outfit is admirable and deserving of a thumbs up, it is considered indecent in Iran.
From the boulevards of Paris to the Eiffel Tower and the Musée du Louvre, it is clear that France is fascinated with capturing the perfection and beauty of things. So it’s no surprise that this fan looked amazing in her beautifully decorated headgear that matched her scarf. A good color choice that complements one of France’s tricolor flags.
France is also the most visited country in the world, thanks to Paris’ international fame as the city of love. The French are wine connoisseurs, having produced the most expensive wine to date. A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti was sold for a whopping $558K to an Asian collector.
Although Taekwondo is South Korea’s national sport, the country also participates in other sports such as bullfighting, basketball, and baseball. However, soccer is the most popular sport in the country. According to a 2021 poll of South Korean residents, soccer is the favorite sport, with a 25 percent vote, with baseball coming in second at 18.8 percent.
This explains why soccer fans and supporters outnumber those of other sports in the country. Furthermore, given the country’s exceptional beauty standards, which contribute to South Korea’s reputation as a haven for plastic surgery, it’s no surprise it has soccer fans who look as stunning as these two.
Beauty can be manifested in many other ways, apart from physical appearance, and Japanese soccer fans proved this resoundingly at the 2018 World World. Even in the face of a heartbreaking loss, these super fans, brandishing trash bags, commenced cleaning the stadium with the help of cleaners.
Such actions only go to prove the very indefatigability of the human mind, and we consider that the utmost kind of beauty. Apart from endearing them to the whole world, this tenacity of mind has filtered through to their FIFA ranking which was 50th in 2018 but has surged to 23rd in 2022.
It can only take a special breed of fans to recover morale shattered by a five-nil defeat at the hands of Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With the support of their fans, the Saudi Arabian national soccer team went ahead to beat the formidable Egyptian team fielding the legendary Mohammed Salah. The Saudi Arabians eventually placed third in their group.
The team was placed 69th in the 2018 FIFA ranking, a position they have since relinquished for the much higher position of 53rd in 2022. They placed 28th in 2004, which happens to be their best ranking so far.
Senegalese soccer fans made Africa proud with their conduct at the 2018 World Cup. In addition to the surprising 2-1 defeat of Poland that they cheered their country into, the fans also borrowed a leaf from Japanese fans and celebrated their victory by cleaning up after themselves. For that, they earned the respect of the world and enjoyed some fame.
A formidable opponent for any national soccer team, the Senegalese team became the highest-ranking African team at the tournament, placing 23rd in the FIFA ranking. In 2022, they moved up five positions to place 18th, still maintaining the lead among African teams.