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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Arturo Sotillo (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via flickr.com

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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