Right around the time of the FIFA World Cup, which happens every four years, people’s football obsession is lit anew. Fans from all over the world come together to watch each football match and faithfully cheer on their favorite teams. Whether in stadiums, in pubs, or in their own homes, they wear their team colors and jerseys proudly.
For the most gung-ho fans, their football—also called soccer, depending on which side of the world you are on—craze isn’t seasonal and their love of the game is evident in their daily lives. They spend serious money on football memorabilia to be prominently displayed in their homes or offices, or they stock up on the jerseys of their favorite players. Perhaps wearing it makes them feel like their sports hero and adds a little boost to their mojo.
Celebrities as Soccer Fans
Celebrities are people too. And quite a number of them are openly supportive, if not downright fanatical about their chosen sports fans. You can always spot them in the best seats during matches, cheering and screaming as loudly as the rest of the crowd. A lot of them can also be spotted or photographed dressed the part of a proper fan, bedecked in team merchandise and colors. From someone as illustrious as the late Nelson Mandela, to the boys of One Direction, and equally famous athletes from other sports—they have all been snapped wearing soccer jerseys.
So which soccer jerseys do celebrities like and which teams do they support? Naturally, regionalism comes into play. Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is an avid supporter of the Swansea City Football club and has been seen wearing the team jersey. Boxer and Olympic athlete Amir Khan supports his home town’s team, Bolton Wanderers. The brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher from the band Oasis are lifelong Manchester City fans and one dressed in a full kit during a photo shoot.
Gerard Butler is a huge Celtic FC supporter. So is James McAoy. Keira Knightley who first caught the wold’s attention in her break out role in the football themed movie Bend it Like Beckham is a West Ham United FC fan.
Of course you don’t have to be born into a team to become a fan. A lot of Hollywood celebrities have adopted soccer teams of their own. Tom Hanks is one of Aston Villa FC most famous fans. Will Ferrell is often seen in his Chelsea FC jersey. So is basketball star Kevin Garnett. These Hollywood stars are especially clever and unique when it comes to the styling their jerseys. Miley Cyrus has also been photographed incorporating her quirky style into her Manchester United jersey. Katy Perry once dressed in a sexy West Ham United jersey-inspired outfit. It was the favorite team of her then husband Russell Brand. Lady Gaga was photographed looking very fetching with her pink hair and Brazil’s trademark yellow and green. Model Kendall Jenner looked effortlessly gorgeous in her personalized Society Soccer jersey paired with cut-offs.
Don’t wait for the next World Cup to get a jersey of your own. Personalize it, style it however you want, and wear your team colors loud and proud.