Brazilian football club builds cemetery for fans final act of devotion

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One Brazilian football team is hoping fans love them so much, they’ll want to be buried in a special team-sponsored cemetery. CCTV America’s Paulo Cabral reported this story from Sao Paulo.

The Corinthians are currently a cemetery shaped like a football field on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. While the project is still in its initial stages, plots are already for sale, ranging from $2,000-$4,000.

Brazilian football club builds cemetery for fans final act of devotion

Brazilian football club builds cemetery for fans final act of devotion

One Brazilian football team is hoping fans love them so much, they'll want to be buried in a special team-sponsored cemetery. CCTV America's Paulo Cabral reported this story from Sao Paulo.

“Everybody is saying it’s a good project. Even though at first sight it’s a bit strange, because it’s related to something not usual in football,” Alexandre Ferreira, marketing manager for the Corinthians said. “But we have a number of people already interested in buying space in this cemetery.”

The Corinthians experimented with this concept about a year ago. The club offered insurance policies to cover the costs of a supporter’s funeral, including a coffin with the team’s black and white colors, and a chapel decorated with the team’s symbols.

A cemetery seemed like the logical next step.

Fans of the Corinthians embrace their nickname, The Crazy Bunch, so they don’t mind what others say.

“Many in my family said I was crazy! Everybody thinks so because I already bought my plot in the cemetery. But if it’s something related to Corinthians, I want to have it,” Joao Geraldo da Silva, civil servant, said. “When I told my friends from other teams what I had done, they said they would never come to see my grave when I died.”