Croatia has a super fan at the World Cup – she also just happens to be Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the country’s first female president

Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic celebrates in the stand after Croatia won a penalty shootout against Russia.
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The Croatian national football team has a fan unlike any other in the country’s first female president. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has stopped at nothing to support the team which has now progressed to the semi-final of the World Cup.

She claims to be a football fan “like everybody else” and put her money where her mouth is when she flew to Russia on July 1 to catch Croatia’s match against Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod:

Grabar-Kitarovic not only flew economy class but she also sat in the stands with other football fans instead of catching the game in a hosted luxury suite:

After the final whistle, she headed to the dressing room to congratulate the players and the manager by hugging them:

It didn’t end there. Grabar-Kitarovic also showed up at Croatia’s next match – the quarter-final clash with Russia.

She grabbed headlines again when she did a little victory jig to celebrate her team’s second goal, in front of the Russian prime minister Dimitry Medvedev, no less:

And after Croatia beat Russia in a penalty shootout to knock the host country out of the tournament and qualify for the semi-final, Grabar-Kitarovic joined the team once again in their dressing room to celebrate: 

All eyes will be on her if she shows up for Croatia’s game against England, where a win will put the victor one step away from the coveted trophy.