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Teddy Goalsevelt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Teddy Goalsevelt, a.k.a. Mike D’Amico, became America’s favorite superfan when he was shown dressed as President Teddy Roosevelt at the U.S.-Portugal match of the 2014 World Cup on June 22. The Chicago resident, called “our champion” by ESPN, has embraced his alter ego, sharing his camera time on his Facebook page.

Here’s what you need to know about him:

1.He Said Wears the Costume Because it ‘Gets People Fired Up’

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, D’Amico says wears the outfit because it, “…gets people fired up here. I led the march here and people were like ‘Yeah, Teddy Roosevelt!’ It gets people involved.” ESPN said it’s no surprise D’Amico became America’s favorite world cup fan, after he dressed as a president who was shot by a heckler, and yet, “he refused medical attention and spoke for an hour and a half.”


2. He’s Hanging Out With Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell took the stage with Goalsevelt to pump up American fans in Recife, after announcing he was the U.S. Men’s National Team’s “secret weapon” in the match against Germany. Ferrell also claimed he would “bite every German player” if he had to, poking fun at Uruguay’s Luis Suarez.


3. The Hashtag #TeddyGoalsevelt Took off on Twitter

The hashtag #TeddyGoalsevelt took off during the U.S.-Portugal game, and has continued to grow as the Men’s National Team prepares to play Germany on June 26. Here are some of the tweets you need to see:


4. A GoFundMePage Is Keeping Him in Brazil

D’Amico was set to head back to the U.S. after the first round of the World Cup, but thanks to a GoFundMe page started by his employer, Cavalry Agency, Teddy Goalsevelt will be cheering on the U.S. team during the World Cup Round of 16. The agency originally said they would match public donations up to $2,500 and the page surpassed its $5,000 goal within 24 hours. The page’s largest donation came from McDonalds, who told Goalsevelt to, “help lead our team to victory.”


5. He Works in Advertising

When D’Amico isn’t rallying an entire country to support its athletic teams, he works as an associate creative director for an advertising firm in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune reports D’Amico is now working on Coors Light’s social media platforms, in addition to teaching at the Chicago Portfolio School. D’Amico said of the opportunities his costume has brought:

I guess I found the formula. This was not my intention

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