Bangladeshi farmer is Germany’s biggest fan

Locals in Bangladesh hold part of the 2-mile-long German flag created by farmer Amjad Hossain. (EPA)

Forget about painting your face, a farmer in Bangladesh is taking his fanaticism to another level. Amjad Hossain, 63, loves Germany so much that he sewed a two-mile-long German flag to express his support. The German language news site Bild reports:

A 3,500-by-1.15-meter black, red and gold flag is rolled out at the local soccer stadium [in Magura, Bangladesh]. The father of 10 children even had to sell farmland to attain money to afford the bolts of fabric. At times, he had three tailors working for him. He paid over 1,500 euros ($2,000) to complete the project.

But why?

Well, according to Bild, German medicine saved Hossain’s life. He had suffered from a serious kidney disease, but recovered by 2006, when he first started to sew the giant flag.

As for Hossain’s predictions for the final?

“I’m going for a 2-0 win over Argentina, at least!” he told Bild.

For full coverage of today’s World Cup final, visit our Soccer Insider blog.

More World Cup from The Post:

Argentina vs. Germany: Game time, TV info, payouts and a poll.

Steven Goff’s preview of the final.

Rick Maese’s feature about an organization led by a Washington native that, in the shadows of the World Cup, is building soccer fields for the underprivileged in Brazil.

Fancy Stats’s assertion that Germany’s strikers get all the attention, but Toni Kroos drives its attack.

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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