Beliebers Have Nothing On These World Cup Fans

by Rachel Semigran

Now that the FIFA World Cup is finally here, we get the chance to marvel at the completely over-the-top gear of soccer's biggest fans. People from all over the globe have descended upon Brazil for what is perhaps the biggest sporting event in the world (dare I say, bigger than the Olympics). So when fans shell out thousands to follow their favorite team to what could be ultimate glory, they don't just show up in a jersey and wave a little flag around. Nay! These World Cup fans cover themselves in body paint and don some of the most intense costumes you can see outside of Carnival.

It takes a lot to be among the most-dedicated and die-hard fans. It's not just sport, it's a religion to many of these soccer lovers. Consider the World Cup their great pilgrimage and their get-ups are the great gestures they can make to the gods of soccer.

The emotional investment of these World Cup super fans is truly what sets them above the rest — above the squealing Beliebers or the Tumblr-ocity of Comic Con attendees, for the results of these games mean ultimate pride or ultimate shame for themselves, and their country. No pressure, players.

Take a look at how much more intimidating and committed World Cup fans are than every other type of fan in the world.

This Comic Con Goer is actually less intense than...

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...This headdress-sporting Mexico supporter.

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These Screaming Beliebers actually scare me less than...

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...This child of soccer sorcery.

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These wailing One Direction fans are in no way as terrifying as...

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...These archaic-looking England fans.

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Insane Clown Posse and their creepy Juggalo fans somehow don't give me the same nightmares as...

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These raging NASCAR lovers don't look half as surly as...

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...This disappointed and checkered beer guy.

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The notoriously worst (best?) fans in American Football will haunt me just slightly less than...

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...Whatever is going on here.

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This guy eating watermelon at Coachella creeps me out just a little less than...

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...This vuvuzela-touting soccer fan.

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