Historic World Cup ball lands in Irish fan’s hands

An Irish soccer fan, who was in the stands for the World Cup semi-final between Germany and Brazil, is the envy of his pals after leaving the stadium with one of the match balls.

Kevin Treanor and his son, Oisín, had prime seats behind the goal as they watched Germany make history by destroying the host nation 7-1 in Belo Horizonte last Tuesday.

But Kevin, from Co Monaghan, got his hands on a prized souvenir when a wayward shot by Brazilian player, Bernard, sent the ball rocketing into the arms of his son.

Quick-thinking Kevin, who lives in Boston, said his next objective was to smuggle the ball — which has ‘Brazil v Germany’ and the date of the match written on it — out of the stadium before being caught by the stewards.

He told Co Monaghan radio station Northern Sound: “Other supporters were trying to grab the ball of him [Oisín], but I had a tricolour which I wrapped round it and I said to my son, ‘Let’s get out of here’.”

The ball also has a mark on it from when André Schürrle smashed the underside of the crossbar as he scored the seventh goal.

And Kevin, who was due to watch yesterday’s final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, insisted he doesn’t feel any guilt about heading home with his prized possession.

“Fifa can afford to lose a ball. I’m sure they won’t go bankrupt. I still can’t believe this has happened.”

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