Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Costa Rican Fans Win Trip to Follow Their Team in Russia

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Costa Rican Fans Win Trip to Follow Their Team in Russia

Article excerpt

Martin Gomez twice hung up his phone thinking he was part of a prank or scam. The third time he took the call, and learned he had won an all-expense paid trip to the World Cup, Gomez cried tears of joy.

Gomez, a Costa Rican, didn't even know he was part of the contest to send a fan to Russia to follow the national team.

Gomez was picked at random by the state-owned telephone provider just for being a customer who always pays his monthly bills on time.

At the opening ceremony of his first World Cup, he proudly waved the white- and red-striped Costa Rican flag at the largest square in Europe, located in the city of Samara, nearly 7,500 miles from the lush hills of sugarcane plantations in his native town of Turrialba.

"When I sing the national anthem and wave the flag, the tears of joy will fall again," Gomez said. …

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