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World Cup fan drives 21,000 km to Brazil

By Ryan Hite     Jun 11, 2014 in Sports
San Francisco - A super fan traveled many thousands of miles over four months to watch his beloved Dutch team play in the world cup, all in a 1955 Chevy.
With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicking off tomorrow, soccer fanatics around the world are preparing to watch every moment of this year's tournament, but how far would one go for one's team?
Dutch soccer super fan Ben Oude Kamphuis is willing to drive 21,000 kms in his 1955 Chevy truck as the long road to the 2014 World Cup actually began back in January after Kamphuis started driving from San Francisco to the country of Brazil.
According to an article by Sports Illustrated, 52-year-old Kamphuis crossed two continents and more than a 12 countries by car just to see his beloved team play in the World Cup opener for the team against Spain on June 13.
The adventure took slightly longer than expected, as Kamphuis made several stops along the way to volunteer and speak at schools about using the sport of soccer to help stop racism and discrimination.
"In Mexico I'd say, 'Amigo, how far from Mazatlán to Puerto Vallarta?' And they'd say, 'No worries, amigo, it's direct, like eight hours.' And it takes me three frickin' days to get there," Kamphuis said, according to the SI report. "It's been like that all along. I thought I'd be in Brazil way earlier. But with the mountains and some of the gravel roads I travel, I can barely go 10 miles an hour (16 km/h), because it shakes."
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