A 95-year-old Vietnamese man is the oldest fan at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) quoted the statistics of the tournament’s fan ID center.
VTV International (VTV4) reported in a video on Saturday that Tran Hop, a 95-year-old citizen from Duc Tho District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh, is the oldest fan of this year’s global football championship.
Hop said he and his 72-year-old co-father-in-law had traveled over 10,000 kilometers from their hometown to Moscow to cheer for their favorite team, Russia.
The two men have a very special connection with Russia as up to 20 members in their family currently live in the country.
“I come to Russia to visit my relatives and to witness the world’s biggest football competition,” Hop said.
“Back in Vietnam, I watch football very regularly on television.”
“My father often comes to Russia on a yearly basis to visit his relatives. This year is more special thanks to the World Cup,” said Tran Quoc Luong, Hop’s son.
According to Hop, the first place his family members in Russia took him to during his trip was the World Cup Fan ID Distribution Center in Moscow.
The crew then watched the battle between Portugal and Morocco on Wednesday.
There are five Fan ID Distribution Centers in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan and Kaliningrad for this year’s World Cup. The IDs are required for watching the tourney’s matches.
In its 21st edition this year, the FIFA World Cup takes place from June 14 to July 15 in Russia.
Hundreds of people in Vietnam have come to Russia to show their support for the global event, along with a large number of football lovers among the Vietnamese community in the country.
According to VTV, information from the fan ID center showed that the youngest fan of this year’s competition is a one-month-old Russian baby girl.