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PHOTOS: Colombia fans dance their way into heart of Brazil

June 25, 2014 19:57 IST

PHOTOS: Colombia fans dance their way into heart of Brazil

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If the Colombian team may have the best goal celebration dance at this World Cup, their fans look like they are having the best time among any contingent in Brazil.

An estimated 40,000 descended on the western farm city of Cuiaba, site of their third and final match in Group C on Tuesday against Japan, which Colombia won 4-1.

Colombia have already rewarded their fans with a spot in the knock-out stage after three convincing wins in their first World Cup finals since 1998.

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Image: A Colombia fan cheers during the World Cup match against Japan in Cuiaba.
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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'We have a better economy so people can go out and see all of these beautiful things'

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The Colombian caravan previously swarmed the cities of Belo Horizonte and Brasilia in their bright yellow, blue and red jerseys, reveling in the success that has coincided with economic growth back home and peace talks to end 50 years of war.

"Since Colombia has become a very good and safe place, we have a better economy so people can go out and see all of these beautiful things around the world," said Daniel Restrepo, a 26-year-old engineer traveling with his family.

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Image: Colombia fans cheer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group C match between Japan and Colombia in Cuiaba.
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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'I am realizing a dream, because I've always wanted to go to the World Cup'

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It is not just the Colombian elite, however, that have traveled to neighbouring Brazil.

Accountant German Emilio Gil-Cano, 59, opted for a bus trip for budget-minded travelers for the group stage games that cost him around $4,000, or less than a third of what he says he would have spent had he flown and stayed in hotels. He traveled roughly 8,000 km (5,000 miles) through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and southern Brazil just to get to the first game.

"This is the most I have ever done in my life," Gil-Cano said.

"I am realizing a dream, because I've always wanted to go to the World Cup, to be part of it, because I love football."

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Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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'You get caught up in this mini Carnival, sharing drinks, hugs and kisses'

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In Cuiaba's Praca Popular square, hundreds of Colombians danced with Brazilians after host Brazil won Group 'A' on Monday night. They were often asked to dance like the Colombian team, which have won over spectators with a well-choreographed tropical rhythmic dance after scoring goals.

"This is spectacular. You get caught up in this mini Carnival, sharing drinks, hugs and kisses, songs," said Alejandro Barrero, 27, from Bogota. "It couldn't be better."

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Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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'My girlfriend said 'It's either the Cup or me''

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Barrero, who came with a group of male friends, carried around a Colombian flag emblazoned with the words: "My girlfriend said 'It's either the Cup or me,'" with a small after note claiming, "I think about her sometimes."

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Image: Colombian soccer team fans watch their game against Ivory Coast at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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