World Cup icon Clovis Acosta Fernandes's sons will continue his legacy in Russia
June 15, 2018 02:31 PM NPT
Photo Courtesy: Agencies
RUSSIA, June 15: Frank and Gustavo Damasceno have travelled to Russia hoping the Selecao (Brazil National Team) make amends for the crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014.
Two Brazil fans are hoping to go all the way to the World Cup final as they look to carry on their superfan father’s legacy.
Frank and Gustavo Damasceno have travelled to Russia hoping the Selecao make amends for the crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil in the last tournament in 2014.
That was the last World Cup match their father Clovis Acosta Fernandes, known worldwide as Gaucho da Copa, saw before he died in September 2015.
Clovis Acosta Fernandes, also known as Gaucho da Copa, holding a replica World Cup with the German fan he gave the cup to after the 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014 (Frank Damasceno/PA)
His image was beamed around the globe as he clutched his replica of the World Cup trophy while watching that humbling in the semi-final.
His sons have brought his bronze replica, which they said is the same size and weight as the original, to Moscow and hope to take it all the way to the final.
Frank, 39, said his father had given the trophy away to a German woman after the 2014 defeat, saying: “As you can see it’s not easy to carry, but you deserve it.”
He was later given it back in a presentation in Munich, Germany, attended by German players Jerome Boateng and Mario Gotze.