The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 24 September 2018, London

FIFA Fan Award

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When you have waited almost four decades for something, you seize its arrival with both hands. That is what fans of Peru did, when their side qualified for their first FIFA World Cup™ in 36 years by reaching Russia 2018. The tournament saw an invasion of Blanquirroja – no matter the venue. Despite the 14,000km separating their homeland from the Russian cities of Saransk, Ekaterinburg and Sochi – where Peru played their only three games at this year’s global finals – the Peruvian support travelled in their significant number.

A 40,000-strong army of colourful, vibrant and friendly support lit up the tournament, their passion and dedication an inspiration for supporters the world over. For their superb display of love for their team, they have been voted – by football fans from around the world – the winners of the 2018 FIFA Fan Award.

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The other candidates

Sebastián Carrera

Coquimbo Unido – CD Puerto Montt / Chilean Primea B / 22 October 2017

No one expected anyone to be backing Puerto Montt in Chile’s Primera B, with the visitors making a 3,000km round trip to face Coquimbo. But Sebastián Carrera stunned his own team by arriving to cheer them on, while the hosts had to open an entire tribune just for him. The only Puerto Montt fan to witness his side’s win, the team dedicated the triumph to him and his incredible loyalty.

Japan & Senegal fans

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ / June 2017

While dedication and passion were clear for all to see when fans of Japan and Senegal brought noise and colour to Russia 2018, they also went beyond the call of duty as fans. Showing unrivalled respect for fellow supporters and their hosts, the images of them cleaning stadiums after their team’s games drew huge praise from onlookers worldwide.

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