sport news – Polish superfan, 78, heads to his 11th World Cup
WARSAW (Reuters) – Wearing a patriotic pink and white swimsuit and a golden crown adorned with small footballs, Andrzej Bobowski is on the point of attend his 11th soccer World Cup.
The 78-year-old Poland fan has been to each World Cup since 1978 — even when his personal nationwide workforce didn’t qualify.
There are not any such worries this time, although. “I truly dreamt that we’ll play within the ultimate in opposition to Russia,” he mentioned.
“I’m going to attend the primary match with Senegal at Spartak stadium. Then I fly to Kazan … then to Volgograd.”
Properly-known at house as “king of Polish followers”, Bobowski, nicknamed Bobo, mentioned he had been informed by followers he has met at earlier tournaments to anticipate a “royal welcome” in Kazan.
The previous builder, who additionally helps the Polish membership champions Legia Warszawa, has seen 135 World Cup video games since he headed to Argentina in 1978 with a ticket purchased by his spouse.
Since then, he has married once more – and even at 78, doesn’t baulk at making the advanced journey preparations for 2 individuals.
“I labored out my routes utilizing the web: first – the place I land, second – the resort, third – get to the stadium from the resort.”
The outfits are already ready.
For day put on, he has a T-shirt with the competition’s emblem on the entrance and an inventory of all of the World Cups he has attended on the again – with a query mark for Qatar in 2022.
For the matches, he’ll put on an appropriately regal coat in Poland’s red-and-white, with its white-eagle crest on the again. The coat, made by an area theater firm, has a white furry collar and cuffs with a motif of small footballs.
Underneath the coat will likely be a white tail-coat, pink shirt, pink bow tie and pink trousers.
And on his head, above the obligatory scarf, a comfortable golden crown, embellished with badges from the tournaments he has attended, and emblazoned with the slogan “King of Polish followers”.
Reporting By Reuters Tv; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Enhancing by Kevin Liffey