Clovis Fernandes, the iconic Brazil fan who travelled to games with a World Cup replica trophy, has died aged 60, according to reports in his homeland.
Fernandes, better known as ‘Gaucho da Copa’, followed his nation around the globe and attended every World Cup since 1990.
Football today lost one of its most symbolic all-time supporters. Clóvis Acosta Fernandes, who… https://t.co/b5t3n7DMZT
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 16, 2015
He was dubbed Brazil’s ‘saddest fan’ following the 7-1 semi-final capitulation against Germany last year, with a picture of him tearfully clutching his fake trophy being beamed around the world.
It later emerged that he had passed it to a German fan after the match, reportedly telling her: “take it to the final. As you can see, it is not easy, but you deserve it, congratulations!”
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 16, 2015
He famously referred to himself as Brazil’s most-capped player – by 2014, he had racked up 154 matches across 66 countries – while his ‘Gaucho da Copa’ nickname stemmed from his penchant for wearing the traditional cowboy garb of his native Rio Grande do Sul.
Brazilian outlet Globo reported that he died after a nine-year battle with cancer.
Clovis Acosta Fernandes, the legendary Brazil fan, has passed away after battling cancer for 9 years. Rest in peace.. pic.twitter.com/wASp2rIjxw
— Neymar Jr. (@NeyMarvellous) September 16, 2015