Clovis Fernandez, Brazil’s “12th Player.”

Clovis 1

News media published this image of a sad Brazilian fan, Clovis Fernandez, shown crying.

What they did not publish was this image:

Clovis 2

This beautiful picture shows Senhor Fernandez handing the trophy to a German fan. He was quoted as saying “Take it to the final! As you can see, it is not easy, but you deserve it, congratulations” (Roughly translated) With thanks to redditor /u/keyboardbitch

Mr. Fernandez is Brazil’s quintessential fan. Below is a video of his story:

I recall Italy’s loss to Brazil in 1990 after Roberto Baggio’s disastrous goal-post kick; I was, of course, devastated – but it’s nice to know that Mr. Fernandez took so much joy from that event.

Good sportsmanship is always a pleasure to see, and there’s far too little of it out there.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

 

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