Lit­tle fans fly the flag for he­roes

The Advertiser - - NEWS - ROX­ANNE WIL­SON LIFE­STYLE REPORTER

ALL the spec­ta­cle of the big­gest sport­ing event on the planet was on show when this proud group of Ade­laide young­sters, de­scen­dants of dif­fer­ent na­tions, showed their true colours.

And al­though they may have dif­fer­ent al­liances, these fans are all look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row night, when the Soc­ceroos be­gin their World Cup cam­paign against France.

For 11-year-old Jay Har­ri­son, who was born in Ade­laide to Aus­tralian par­ents, the team he’ll be cheer­ing for is a no-brainer.

“I’m Aus­tralian and I love sup­port­ing my team,” he said.

Choos­ing who to bar­rack for wasn’t quite as sim­ple for Char­lie Wood, 11, who has an Aus­tralian fa­ther and a French mother. In the end she threw her sup­port be­hind France and, while she’s con­fi­dent they will beat the green and gold, she said she’ll “be ex­cited if Aus­tralia wins, too”.

Ja­cob Har­ris, 11, grap­pled with a sim­i­lar predica­ment — he was born in Aus­tralia but has Dan­ish her­itage on his mother’s side.

It means when the Soc­ceroos play Den­mark on June 21, he will be happy for whichever team tri­umphs. “I’m go­ing to go for both — mainly Aus­tralia be­cause I was born in Aus­tralia, but I am still go­ing to go for Den­mark,” Ja­cob said.

But there’s no doubt who six-year-old Peru­vian Letizia Bueno, who moved to Aus­tralia in 2015, will sup­port this week­end when her home coun­try faces off against Den­mark. “I’m very ex­cited … I want Peru to win,” she said.

LEAGUE OF NA­TIONS: Kids show their World Cup colours. Ja­cob Har­ris, 11, Den­mark; Ari­anna Bur­gos-Gara­belli, 10, Uruguay; Jay Har­ri­son, 11, Aus­tralia; Amel­lie Kang, 5, Colom­bia; Char­lie Wood, 11, France; Letizia Bueno, 6, Peru and Fabian Bur­gos-Gara­belli, 11, Peru. Pic­ture: SARAH REED

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