Like a true football fan, Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, dressed in the colours of national flag, was spotted cheering for the players at the stadium during the quarterfinals against Russia last week. Ms Grabar-Kitarovic flew economy with fellow Croatian football fans and even broke into a victory dance with players after Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinal match last week. She also made a surprise entry into the locker room and congratulated and hugged the players after the match.
As videos and pictures of the football fan President emerged on social networks, she became an internet sensation and won hearts of all football lovers for lending a passionate support to the country’s football team.
Watch: Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic’s victory dance with players:
Watch: Croatian President goes inside the locker room of Croatian footballers, hugs them for World Cup win over Russia:
Before the semi-final match, the Croatia President posted encouraging words for the players on her official Facebook account and also praised them after they beat England 2-1 to set up a final date with France on July 15.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was elected Croatia’s fourth president in January 2015. She is the first woman to ever hold the title of president for the eastern European country.
The 50-year-old President speaks eight languages including Portuguese and Italian. She has been married to Jakov Kitarovic since 1996 and the couple has two children.