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Here Are 9 Of The Most Heartwarming 2018 World Cup Moments That Fans Have Shared

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This year’s FIFA World Cup has been full of glorious moments, from goals in the 90th minute to qualifications that seemed to beat the odds. Add in tales of friends doing the most to help their bffs enjoy the game or opposing sides coming together for the greater good and you have the magic that is ‘the beautiful game.’ The world might be a bit crazy at the moment but there were truly some wonderful moments out of the World Cup. These heartwarming moments during the World Cup so far show soccer really is the universal language.

1. A couple Brazilian buddies signed the game for their deaf and blind friend.

Neymar was brought to tears after scoring the second goal in the Group E match Brazil vs Costa Rica match. However, what is making us grab tissues is the detailed interpretation these friends gave to their blind and deaf friend. An interpreter re-enacts what is happening on a makeshift soccer pitch, and his gestures even describe the emotions of the players. The man’s fellow Brazil fans even play drums to include him in the celebration.

2. Luis Miguel for the W-I-N, always.


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One of the dark spots that plagued Mexico fans for years was the common usage of the offensive, homophobic “¡Eeehhh puto!” chant whenever the opposing goalkeeper was getting ready to kick the ball down the field. El Tri players, the Mexican Football Federation and anti-discrimination groups all implored fans to stop the usage of the phrase.

Finally, during this World Cup, the offensive chant seemed to stop, but for one brief moment, it seemed it was all going down the drain. A group of Mexican fans started the “Ehhhh” chant during the Mexico vs Sweden group match and well, *insert cringe here*. However, the joke was on everyone in the stadium and those watching on social media because this creative group of El Tri fans shouted out the lyrics to Luis Miguel’s “Entrégate” song instead.

3. Colombian man learns sign language to re-enact plays on the field in real-time for his blind and deaf friend.

Los Cafeteros were able to come from behind in their group and take the top spot after a win against Senegal, and these two fans in Bogota were there to appreciate every single step—literally. Jose Richard Gallego lost his senses of sight and hearing from a disease during childhood, but his love for soccer never vanished. Once he met Cesar Daza three years ago, the two bonded over fútbol. Daza made the effort to learn sign language to help his friend enjoy the games alongside him.

In real time, Daza was able to recreate the passes, corner kicks and goals that Colombia made to win Poland in their second group match. Watch the pair’s jubilant celebration above to see the new meaning of #friendshipgoals.

4. Mexico and Colombia fans help a man in a wheelchair enjoy the World Cup opening ceremony.

¡Y DICEN QUE ES UN SIMPLE DEPORTE! Aficionados mexicanos y colombianos levantando a un aficionado egipcio con…

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In one of the first viral photos from the World Cup, Hassan Sedky was lifted up in a wheelchair by a group of fans from Mexico and Colombia that he had just met while celebrating in the revelry that was the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he told RT. “Everyone is so friendly, you can really feel the love from everyone around you. It’s just pure happiness,” he said. Sedky may have come to Russia with only one friend, but he left with many others he can now call compas.

5. Colombia fan is inspired by Japan fans after World Cup match.

A Colombia fan went around saying congratulations to Japan fans after the team’s 2-0 win in Colombia’s first match game. “They won but look what they are doing,” the fan can be heard saying in awe of the respect the fans had for the stadium. Trash was quietly and humbly picked up. “This is incredible. […] Discipline. Order. This is what makes them better. This should teach us something. This is who the Japanese are as people and this is why they win.”

6. Fans don’t let fans party alone.

Some opposing sides can get heated and rowdy before a World Cup match, but Peru and Aussie fans were enjoying each other’s company prior to the teams’ final match in Russia. Sure, both sides knew neither one would be moving on to the next round, so might as well be happy before the final moments on the pitch. Wait for it—a kangaroo makes an appearance in a group of Peru fans above.

7. Argentina and Nigeria fans come together after the game.

After a tie with Iceland and a devastating loss to Croatia, Argentina’s hopes of making it to the next round were riding on Nigeria’s second group match. Although the Albiceleste was going to play Nigeria in the final group match, there was time to celebrate the hopes of two teams in one moment.

8. The whole #RivalHug feed is just adorable.

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When all is said and done, nothing is sweeter than seeing fans who sweated out an intense 90-minute game hug, swap jerseys and celebrate the elation of the World Cup with a fellow rival. If you’re ever having a bad day, just go through the FIFA World Cup #RivalHug feed to help boost your spirits with beautiful displays of camaraderie.

9. And, of course, all of the Mexico and Korea fan celebrations, including this comment thread.

READ: This Is How Panama Celebrated Its First World Cup Goal

We’ve got many more heartwarming moments that are sure to come with multiple rounds left in the FIFA World Cup! Show us how you’re celebrating the games by using #ShowUsYourColors and #WorldCup2018.

25 Signs From #FamiliesBelongTogether Protests Around The World

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25 Signs From #FamiliesBelongTogether Protests Around The World

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On June 30th, 2018, hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world flooded the streets of Los Angeles, NYC, Seattle, or even their small home towns to protest the U.S. government’s policy to separate children from their families at the southern border.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since the policy went into effect in April, and people are pissed. Here’s the proof.

1. Tens of thousands rallied outside Los Angeles City Hall.


Democratic representatives have openly opposed Trump’s policy, including the Mayor of L.A., who tweeted, “Tens of thousands of Angelenos rallying to keep families together and stand up for the rights of immigrants. #FamiliesBelongTogetherLA | #FamiliesBelongTogether”

2. Children honestly led the march.

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It was emotional to show up to these marches and see parents protesting with their children. Meanwhile, we’ve been hearing stories of ICE taking children from their mothers while they’re breastfeeding or deportees listening to their children scream and cry in the room next to them.

📍 Boston, Massachusetts

3. “We are NOT animals”

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These protests came just a week after POTUS signed an executive order that prohibits the separation of children from their families at the border. So, what does that really mean?

📍Seattle, Washington

4. Kids can now be detained indefinitely.

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The Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement in 1997 states that children cannot be detained for more than 20 days. According to Vox, the Trump administration has been pointing to this agreement as the reason they had to separate children in the first place.

5. But we all know that’s mierda.

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The executive order doesn’t even address what the administration plans to do to reunite the children who have already been separated.

6. Hasting-on-Hudson, NY had a silent stroller protest.

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They aimed to rally 2300 parents to bring empty strollers on the march, each to represent one child separated from his or her parent at the border, yet to be reunited.

7. Los Angeles had some solid signs.

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🤮 I can’t believe our President ever even made that face. Or that ICE has already admitted that they have no plans to reunite the families.

8. Caption: “Chicago’s puppet game is strong today.”

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From an administration that claims to be so pro-life and pro-family, we’d all like to see some proof. Your “thoughts and prayers” have done nothing for us.

9. 📍 Seattle, Washington

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Some people brought children’s clothes to incite a human reaction from the administration. TBD to see if it helps at all.

10. “How did you Nazi this coming?”

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We’re all wondering if the administration is surprised to see this reaction from around the world, or if they hoped for it so that they could try to overthrow the Flores Settlement, and detain families indefinitely.

11. “It doesn’t say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty”

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God point.

This weekend’s march also brought with it anger around the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim ban, and a Supreme Court Justice’s decision to retire, leaving open another seat for a radical right conservative Justice.

This means everything’s at stake, including Roe v Wade.

12. From Antler, North Dakota…

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These 11 people are excellent reminders that, no matter where you are in the world, you have a voice, and it’s only yours alone to use.

P.S.-I like Lady Liberty’s jacket.

13. To Buenos Aires, Argentina…

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Keeping children out of detention centers is a no-brainer. It has no political lines. Like they say, “The borders are fake, but the love is real.”

Caption: “Today 30/6 in BUENOS AIRES, Argentina at the US Embassy!”

14. Messages for Melania were rampant.

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ICYMI, FLOTUS literally wore a jacket that said, “I don’t really care, do u?” on the back just last week.

Caption: “A message from the rally in Texas. #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch

15. Ventura, CA residents had a solid idea…

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Caption: “Signs, chants & cheers energized those who turned out to protest immigration policy that has separated an estimated 2,000 children from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. #Indivisible”

16. They marched to protest outside an ICE station.

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See that American flag? It stands for what we believe in. Traumatizing children and families who are seeking asylum and hope for a better life is unAmerican.

17. Latinos turned out in a big way outside of the White House.

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From children of immigrant parents, to people risking deportation, brave souls came out, just one week after 200 women were arrested for protesting outside the Capitol. These are dangerous times, and it’s more important than ever that we exercise our free speech to keep that muscle strong.

18. The #signart was lit this weekend.

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On the last day of Pride month, the LGBT community also turned out to support an issue that few can turn away from. Whether or not you were able to make a sign and turn out this weekend, there are other ways you can help.

19. Volunteer if you can.

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The Texas Civil Rights Project is looking for “volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.”

Caption: “At the #FamiliesBelongTogether march in Chicago. HOT enough to melt ICE. Police estimate 15k present. #FamiliasUnidasNoDivididas”

20. Donate if you can.

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Organizations like RAICES (the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas), the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (which advocates for many of the unaccompanied and separated children) and the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (which organizes to oppose migrant detention) are good options.

Caption: “@waltshaub 100+ in Kalispell, MT!! So proud of our little hometown. #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch”

21. There is money to be made off detaining children.

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With the privatization of prisons and detention facilities, there are some seriously dark political forces at play here that literally profit off keeping families in detention facilities, often described as prisons.

Caption: “Meyer family out to ensure families stay together in #cville #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch”

22. Call your representatives.

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Text DAILY to 228466 to sign up for mobile daily action alerts. In their own words,

“Every morning, you’ll receive a text giving you a simple action to take. It might ask you to watch and share a really good video. Or to text a piece of news to five friends. It might link you to your senator, member of Congress, or another appropriate official for a phone call–one that you can make while you’re walking to the bus stop or brewing your coffee. With a tap of your finger, you can do your part to resist this latest age of extremism in America.

P.S.-This is a rally in Barcelona, Spain. They’re rallying for you to do what they can’t, and utilize your civic duty to be accurately represented in our government.

23. If you can, join the next protest.

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“Parkersburg, WV 100 people came out in 90 degree heat.



24. Speak up on social media if you can.

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Calling your reps is the most effective thing you can do to exact change. Once you’ve done that, take to POTUS’ favorite platform and be sure to use hashtags like #endfamilydetention #FamiliasUnidas #FamilesBelongTogether #StopICE #StopSeparatingFamilies #EndChildDetention.

25. Above all, keep caring & keep voting.

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A major rallying call this weekend was, “We Care, We Vote.” Prove it and be sure to let your representatives know that you’re paying attention and you have the power to vote them out if they fail you.


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