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The Switzerland fan who became a viral sensation has been handed free business class flights to Saint Petersburg to watch his country against Spain in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
Luca Loutenbach went through the motions watching Switzerland in action against France in Bucharest on Monday and the two contrasting images of him perfectly sum up the rollercoaster journey football takes us on.
One minute he was in tears as Switzerland looked like they were exiting the competition, then in next to no time he was shirtless and oozing passion after Vladimir Petković's side came back from 3-1 down with nine minutes remaining to make 3-3 in stoppage time.
The Swiss went on to complete one of the biggest upsets in Euro history, emerging victorious on penalties after Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive spot-kick.
Luca has been the talk of the town on social media and as a result of his viral fame, his flights for Friday's clash will be covered by Swiss Air, as per MARCA
A Swiss TV found a fan, Luca Loutenbach, who became famous during the match between France and Switzerland on 28.06.2021 pic.twitter.com/Lm4MBPYifR- Fralone :flag_be: (@fralonelrainger) July 1, 2021
Switzerland don't have Granit Xhaka for their clash with Spain, but they have Luca Loutenbach, their most famous fan. Swiss Air have paid for his business class flights to Russia, with Red Bull and the Swiss Tourist Office also getting in touch with him. pic.twitter.com/JzwfJhX84W
- Alan Feehely (@azulfeehely) June 30, 2021
That's not all though, drinks brand Red Bull have apparently been in touch and are sure to give him some freebies - while the Swiss government want him to be involved in their COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
And on top of that, the Swiss Tourist Office are giving him a relaxing break following Euro 2020 because if there are any more scenes on par with what ensued on Monday night, he could definitely do with it.
Cher Luca, si tu as besoin d'un peu de détente, alors tu as besoin de la Suisse. :flag_ch: Contacte-nous et nous t'offrons volontiers un week-end bien-être en Suisse après le titre (de la Nati?:wink:) à l'#EURO2020 :soccer: #FRASUI #IneedSwitzerland #nodrama @Blick_fr https://t.co/dz3TJ4DpXc
- Suisse Tourisme (@MySwitzerland_f) June 29, 2021
A lack of phone signal meant Luca wasn't aware how big a phenomenon he had become straight away and seeing his face pop up everywhere left him in disbelief.
"I tried to take my shirt off during the goal but my glasses were blocking it a bit so I removed it a few seconds after and afterwards I was just so relieved by the goal and so emotional," he told The Blizzard.
"My reaction was mainly because during the first half I started to really believe it was our day. And from that point, it felt like we were losing everything.
"I was just in such a state of disbelief, to once again, miss a big chance to write history. And then the comeback was so unexpected, it was just the best moment ever.
"For me, being a fan is all about emotion. When you love your team, love your badge, it means everything."
Swiss superfan @Lucalo92 tells the story behind the iconic viral images of him that spoke to fans everywhere @Euro2020 #SUI pic.twitter.com/e5yXqLMoDh
- Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) July 1, 2021
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