Snapshot! Supporters do make sports better

This Sunday has been a treat for sports lovers. There were so many matches and so many beautiful ones at that, that supporters just had to push a button on the remote to cheer (rugby) team after (football) team after (handball) team.

One of the teams that elicited a lot of (playful, happy) noise was France’s Men handball team. The Invincible, Experts, Unbeatable, Magnificent Bleus defeated Norway yesterday evening and won their sixth World Championship running. To cheer on them, French supported mixed the traditional royal blue with Viking-inspired headwear.

 

A fan of France cheers on prior to the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship 2017 final handball match between France and Norway on January 29, 2017 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
France’s Luc Abalo, Michael Guigou, Daniel Narcisse, head coach Didier Dinart, goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer and William Accambray celebrate during the podium ceremony after France won the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship 2017 final handball match between France and Norway on January 29, 2017 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris. / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON

 

Oh the other side of the world —well, not exactly the other side, but definitely kilometers away from France—, in Africa, supporters attended the Democratic Republic of Congo vs Ghana football match, as part of the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. A distraction from the tensions that have been tormenting the DRC for quite some time now.

One of those supporters we have chosen to be our cover man. His dress is so wonderful —those oversize glasses! that flag holding the two parts of the glasses together! that headband! the tiny bantou knots! the heart stickers! those red and yellow dots on his face! that smile!— that we couldn’t resist sharing it with you, readers.

A Democratic Republic of the Congo supporter smiles ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between DR Congo and Ghana in Oyem on January 29, 2017 – AFP – ISSOUF SANOGO (via Zimbio)

Unfortunately, DRC lost the match to Ghana.

 

In Australia, the Swiss used their flag in a more traditional way to celebrate their fellowman Roger Federer‘s win over Rafael Nadal. The Swiss legend won the Australian Open on Sunday to the delight of his fans worldwide and all the lovers of beautiful tennis.

Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in front his fans and the worlds media after winning the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final, on January 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. © Getty/Zimbio

Roger Federer, who’s seldom reached the final four these past few years. His impressive comeback was a sight to behold and a welcome change from the traditional Djokovic/Murray finals we’ve grown accustomed to.

 

 

 

Cover photo: AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO via Zimbio

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