Charles Pasqualebetter known as “el Tula” was never missing to a World Cup, from Germany 1974 to Qatar 2022, and to his latest adventure as a fan of this man 82 years old was to receive the FIFA The Best award, as recognition of the best fans in the world.
Representing millions of Argentines, who until recently asked for a sponsor for their hype so they could travel to Qatar, have now added a personal star to a long history and even made Gianni Infantino laughthe president of FIFA.
Is that Tula made endless trips ships, planes and trainstoured more than a dozen countries and even appeared in a video clip of the official song of Brazil 2014. And all this, without speaking any other language than Spanishtelling only anecdotes with Juan Domingo Perón and Diego Maradona.
“I am very happy because we take all the prizes“It was the first thing he said, standing on the stage where Lionel Messi himself would, minutes later, pronounce himself having won another award for best footballer. Tula took him for granted as a winner.
“As a fan, I knowI heard the first hype in the history of world football from Germany 74. Since that historic day I have participated in all the World Cups, Copa América, and I have traveled the world. The satisfaction that Argentina has given me as a football fan priceless“, he stressed.
“I’ve been to the three world championships where we’ve been champions. But this is exciting. I’m poor, but I’ve traveled the world“, launched and generated the smile of Lionel Scaloni, who saw him from the stands. And the approval of his unexpected promoter: “Chiqui” Tapia, head of the AFA.
“I would like to send a greeting to all the fans in the world because the passion for football is impressive. And himto the passion of us Argentines too. I am one more fan who has come to represent the thousands of people who have supported our team. And the millions of Argentines celebrating Argentina’s triumph,” she said.
And he concluded: “Argentina was a bit sad And you, Boys of the national team, they brought immense joy to the people… I’m excited.”
Before the eyes of those who accompanied him on stage and the complicity of the Argentines in the hall, Tula ended up playing the anthem of the national team (“Vamos, vamos…”) and “Argentina, Argentina”. Of course, all accompanied by the sound of your bombOR.
Tula, a history of the World Cup
Until recently, the most famous fan of the national team He asked for a sponsor for his hype, to be able to afford the trip to Qatarwhere he was finally present.
“God willing, I’ll be in Qatar. I’ve always been there and I don’t want to miss it,” he said in July 2022. in Clarinin a sweet shop in Lomas de Zamora that he frequents regularly because he lives two blocks away.
“I come here because they give me a price, I have no money. I I’m a pager who is always in contact with people. Their affection is very important,” he said at the time.
At that time he said that the reality is that I didn’t know how to go to Qatar. “I have no money and I can’t speak languages. But God accompanies me and is with me. Just imagine that I’ve already been to 12 World Cups and I’ve never had any money. I always find someone to bank me For example, I was in Russia and a Russian helped meand I hope now someone will cash me in again,” he said at the time.
“Finally, I sell the hype“, he laughed, in a move that he didn’t need to travel. “The truth is that to travel there it would be very important that someone could advertise in the hype and, therefore, finance the trip. Honestly, I want a kick drum sponsor. Also, anyone who wants to do an ad with me (in the clamor) It’s worth a lot because I’m very famous and I go everywhere. It would be very important,” he sold himself.
Tula said she keeps the hype at her home, in the museum. “Actually, I did the museum of hype! I still keep the autographed one Perón gave me, which is historic, even the first one I brought to Germany in 1974.”
In addition to appearing on international television programs, appearing on the covers of newspapers and magazines of the time and in several articles on the World Cup, Tula he started his love of soccer at Rosario Central. The team you are a fan of.
“My first bass drum, which was the one I played on the Rosario Central court, I gave to General Perón. Later, I had another one that was stolen from me. There were several. But the one in Germany 74 is pure history for everything that happened in that tournament,” he underlined.
And he described his first experience of the World Cup: “Everything is a good memory. I went by boat hitchhiking with enthusiasm. I sent myself to Madrid, where I already knew I had a meeting with Perón. Later , I had to go to the border with France and from there only to Germany”.
Now he has earned the pleasure of representing what comes out best: being a fan.
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