- Title: Chile fans come out in force to support team against Germany
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 22, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CHILE FANS WALKING ALONG STREET CHILE FANS TAKING PICTURE WITH LITTLE BOY CHILE FAN BEING PHOTOGRAPHED WITH RUSSIAN BABY CHILE FAN FILMING STREET ON HIS SMARTPHONE VARIOUS OF CHILE FANS SHOUTING SOCCER CHANT (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHILE FAN FROM SANTIAGO, GEORGY, SAYING: "Today we are going to win 2 or 3-0 because we are the champions of America, we are going to be the champions of the world next year here in Russia. And we will beat the Germans for sure." VARIOUS OF CHILE FANS ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEXICO FAN LIVING IN CHICAGO, USA, MIGUEL ALVAREZ, SAYING: "Oh, I have been very pleasantly surprised, I think the people have been very, very friendly. I have been able to engage with people, locals, in conversations about politics, about sports, about life in general and it has been fantastic. Now, there is not too many people who speak English, so I like and dislike that, because I can't get my point across and I can't really understand their point. But it is the kind of challenge that I enjoy." SENIOR POLICE OFFICER WITH OTHERS ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHILE FAN LIVING IN GERMANY, EMERSON, SAYING: "We are enjoying seeing our best generation of football players in Chile, so we are very happy." GERMAN FAN WITH FLAG BEING PHOTOGRAPHED WITH LOCALS CROWDS ON THE STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) GERMANY FAN, MICHAEL EGGERS, SAYING: "Everybody is very kind to me, everybody wants to do photos and they treat me like I would be an animal in the zoo! Everybody says I want to have a photo and I just have the German flag and German T-shirt, that is all I have. But I like it, it is a lot of ... I feel really comfortable." CHILE FANS CHANTING AND JUMPING POLICE SEEN IN DISTANCE AMONG CHILE FANS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian/English) GERMANY FAN FROM MOSCOW, NIKOLAY, SAYING: "Russian people are very closed people to start off but then Russian people open up. (CHILE FANS WALKING BY START CHEERING / NIKOLAY JUMPING AND LAUGHING) That is my answer! That is my answer to the question. Russian people are very open to all cultures." CHILE FANS CHEERING ON STREET CHILD ON MAN'S SHOULDERS WAVING AND SAYING HELLO AND BYE VARIOUS OF KAZAN ARENA AS FANS CONTINUE TO ARRIVE AHEAD OF MATCH AGAINST GERMANY
- Embargoed: 6th July 2017 19:40
- Keywords: Russia Confederations Cup Germany v Chile fans Chileans chanting
- Location: KAZAN, RUSSIA
- City: KAZAN, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016MD36F3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Chile fans descended on Russia's Kazan on Thursday (June 22) as their national team readied to face World champions Germany in their second Confederations Cup Group B match.
Flag waving supporters danced and chanted along the streets of the capital of Russia's western Tatarstan republic. Locals queued to take photographs with the fans who had painted their faces and some of whom wore costume pieces in the colours of the Chile flag.
One Germany fan said he was overwhelmed with the amount of attention his shirt and flag were receiving from locals.
Chile fans said they were keen for their nation to steal the title of World champions from Germany, who are looking ahead to defend it next year in Russia.
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