Photos: Passionate Venezuelan football fans defy political divide

In spite of Venezuela’s grinding economic and political crisis, the zeal of a group of soccer fans called ‘Red Demons’ refuses to die. The group doesn’t care that most of their compatriots prefer baseball or that their team has a bad season. They attend almost all the games of the Caracas Football Club, even as the South American nation is witnessing its worst ever economic slump. The fans have dedicated 30 years to an undying passion for the Caracas Football Club. This loyalty finally paid off Sunday when the club became champion of the Venezuela League.

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Children play during a sports event organised by members of the Caracas FC soccer club, in Catia, one of the poorest slums in Caracas, Venezuela. When the Caracas Football Club plays, its supporters leave their ideological preferences and socioeconomic differences behind, joining together to support and take care of each other inside and outside the stadium. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

Children play during a sports event organised by members of the Caracas FC soccer club, in Catia, one of the poorest slums in Caracas, Venezuela. When the Caracas Football Club plays, its supporters leave their ideological preferences and socioeconomic differences behind, joining together to support and take care of each other inside and outside the stadium. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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David Osorio, member of the Caracas FC fan club, sings and plays a drum before a Copa Sudamerica soccer match between his team and Ecuador's Independiente del Valle at Estadio Olímpico in Caracas. The fans, who call themselves the ‘Red Demons,’ don't care that most of their compatriots prefer baseball or that their team has a bad season. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

David Osorio, member of the Caracas FC fan club, sings and plays a drum before a Copa Sudamerica soccer match between his team and Ecuador's Independiente del Valle at Estadio Olímpico in Caracas. The fans, who call themselves the ‘Red Demons,’ don't care that most of their compatriots prefer baseball or that their team has a bad season. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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Red Demons play the final of the La Copita tournament which fans play on the weekends. Venezuela is the only South American country where baseball and not soccer is the No. 1 sport. The fans have dedicated 30 years to an undying passion for their Caracas Football Club. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

Red Demons play the final of the La Copita tournament which fans play on the weekends. Venezuela is the only South American country where baseball and not soccer is the No. 1 sport. The fans have dedicated 30 years to an undying passion for their Caracas Football Club. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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A member of Red Demons plays the trumpet before a soccer game match between Deportivo Lara and Caracas FC at Estadio Metropolitano in Cabudare. During the political confrontation that is gripping Venezuela, it is common for the news to highlight the polarisation between supporters of socialist President Nicolás Maduro and those of the opposition, led by Juan Guaidó. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

A member of Red Demons plays the trumpet before a soccer game match between Deportivo Lara and Caracas FC at Estadio Metropolitano in Cabudare. During the political confrontation that is gripping Venezuela, it is common for the news to highlight the polarisation between supporters of socialist President Nicolás Maduro and those of the opposition, led by Juan Guaidó. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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Red Demons Vanderlei Rojo, left, and Moises Diaz hug after their team won the national league’s final championship soccer match against Estudiantes de Merida at Estadio Olimpico in Caracas. While watching the game,the fans get past their political differences and scream, jump and sing as one, while beating their chests in unison. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

Red Demons Vanderlei Rojo, left, and Moises Diaz hug after their team won the national league’s final championship soccer match against Estudiantes de Merida at Estadio Olimpico in Caracas. While watching the game,the fans get past their political differences and scream, jump and sing as one, while beating their chests in unison. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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Members of the Caracas FC fan club Vanessa Estrella and John Rada, kiss as their bus stops for a break in Valencia as they travel to Cabudare for a soccer match between Deportivo Lara and Caracas FC. The passion of Red Demons did not lessen in the decade that their team was performing poorly, and that loyalty finally paid off when they became champion of the Venezuela League. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

Members of the Caracas FC fan club Vanessa Estrella and John Rada, kiss as their bus stops for a break in Valencia as they travel to Cabudare for a soccer match between Deportivo Lara and Caracas FC. The passion of Red Demons did not lessen in the decade that their team was performing poorly, and that loyalty finally paid off when they became champion of the Venezuela League. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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A member of Red Demons counts US currency for transportation from Caracas to Lara state to attend a soccer match between Deportivo Lara and Caracas FC, in Caracas. The club's die-hard fans do not miss games, even when money is tight as their homeland experiences its worst ever economic slump, and one of the most serious in Latin America. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

A member of Red Demons counts US currency for transportation from Caracas to Lara state to attend a soccer match between Deportivo Lara and Caracas FC, in Caracas. The club's die-hard fans do not miss games, even when money is tight as their homeland experiences its worst ever economic slump, and one of the most serious in Latin America. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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A member of Red Demons holds the edge of a giant banner before the final championship match of the national league. The fans now expect more victories, and they hope to continue growing and striving to offer a positive image whenever they can. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

A member of Red Demons holds the edge of a giant banner before the final championship match of the national league. The fans now expect more victories, and they hope to continue growing and striving to offer a positive image whenever they can. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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Fans of the Caracas FC soccer team clash with National Police officers before a game at Estadio Olimpico in Caracas. Clashes broke out when fans refused to put away banners that were considered offensive. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

Fans of the Caracas FC soccer team clash with National Police officers before a game at Estadio Olimpico in Caracas. Clashes broke out when fans refused to put away banners that were considered offensive. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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Red Demons walk up the grandstands at Estadio Metropolitano before a match between their team and Deportivo Lara in Cabudare. To promote soccer, the group organises sports workshops, cultural events and offer hot food in poor neighbourhoods of Caracas. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

Red Demons walk up the grandstands at Estadio Metropolitano before a match between their team and Deportivo Lara in Cabudare. To promote soccer, the group organises sports workshops, cultural events and offer hot food in poor neighbourhoods of Caracas. (Matias Delacroix / AP)

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