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13 Unsung Fútbol Heroes That Deserve Some Recognition

There's more guys than the delantero. To enjoy fútbol in the most refreshing of ways, celebrate every hero with a cool and crisp Coors Light.

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1. The person who first taught you what soccer was.

Whether it was your dad, or your tío, they were the ones who instilled the passion for the sport in you from an early age.
Miguel Vaca / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: miguelvaca

Whether it was your dad, or your tío, they were the ones who instilled the passion for the sport in you from an early age.

2. The fan who never gives up.

He is the most over-the-top, eccentric character in the stadium — and when the crowd is down, he's there to lift everyone's spirits, to start the ola, to cheer, and to chant, whether you're winning 5–0 or losing 1–5.
Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: culturaargentina

He is the most over-the-top, eccentric character in the stadium — and when the crowd is down, he's there to lift everyone's spirits, to start the ola, to cheer, and to chant, whether you're winning 5–0 or losing 1–5.

3. The guy who lets us relive the game through pictures.

He shoots a billion pictures per hour and deals with the occasional pelotazo so we can see our idols on the front pages of newspapers and the web.
Benjamín Mejías Valencia (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: benjaminm31

He shoots a billion pictures per hour and deals with the occasional pelotazo so we can see our idols on the front pages of newspapers and the web.

4. And the guy who lets us watch it the second it's happening.

He basically carries a camera the size of a small animal so every play is documented and available for the viewers.
Jimmy Baikovicius / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: jikatu

He basically carries a camera the size of a small animal so every play is documented and available for the viewers.

5. The mascot who believes in the team more than anyone else.

He keeps the magic — and the fans — going.
Pablo Dodda / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: dodda

He keeps the magic — and the fans — going.

6. The friend whose house is always available to watch the games.

They somehow look forward to their home being the epicenter of a whole bunch of screaming and empty beer cans.
Patricia Oliveira / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: maionese_paty

They somehow look forward to their home being the epicenter of a whole bunch of screaming and empty beer cans.

7. El vendedor who is always there with snacks to calm your nerves.

Cacahuates y pistaches para el alma.
Jimmy Baikovicius / Via Flickr: jikatu

Cacahuates y pistaches para el alma.

8. And the guys who run around almost as much as the delantero.

Keeping the refreshments coming for 90 minutes straight is an admirable feat.
Arturo Sotillo (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via flickr.com

Keeping the refreshments coming for 90 minutes straight is an admirable feat.

9. The friend who goes to every game with you, even if your team is having a mala racha.

The stadium may be empty, but your hearts are never devoid of hope.
fer bolaño / Via Flickr: bolano

The stadium may be empty, but your hearts are never devoid of hope.

10. The commentators who narrate every second of the action.

Their eagle eyes and animated expressions allow you to believe you are there too, witnessing every moment.
Jimmy Baikovicius / Via Flickr: jikatu

Their eagle eyes and animated expressions allow you to believe you are there too, witnessing every moment.

11. The hincha who knows his drums are the stadium's heartbeat.

What would soccer be without a porra that's larger than life? Without the sound of the drums that make the whole stadium come alive?
Jimmy Baikovicius / Via Flickr: jikatu

What would soccer be without a porra that's larger than life? Without the sound of the drums that make the whole stadium come alive?

12. The guy who takes the time to make a sign and holds it up the entire game.

We barely remember to bring a matraca, and he's been making that thing for days.
Jimmy Baikovicius / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: jikatu

We barely remember to bring a matraca, and he's been making that thing for days.

13. And the elotero who won't go home until the last one of the fans has finally walked away from the stadium.

He waits outside the stadium, whether it's to reward excited fans whose team just won with a delicious elote, or to console those who lost with a hearty snack.
Pedro Hernandez / (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: pedro_hernandez

He waits outside the stadium, whether it's to reward excited fans whose team just won with a delicious elote, or to console those who lost with a hearty snack.