World Cup: Will Ferrell, Hulk Hogan Fire Up Fans for the U.S. vs. Germany Match (Video)
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted a note to help viewers ask their bosses to skip work for the match: "We will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round."
The thousands of American fans in Brazil didn't need anything to add to their excitement this week, but the sight of Will Ferrell got them even more energized on Wednesday on the eve of the U.S. vs. Germany match.
The Anchorman star took to the stage at a fan rally in Recife, near where the teams will kick off in the Arena Pernambuco at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday, telling them: "I am so honored to be playing tomorrow," joking that he was standing in for injured striker Jozy Altidore. "I am not going to lie…. I am not in the best shape. I am not in soccer shape, but I am going to try my best live up to the spirit of this American the team."
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Ferrell then referred to the most-talked about moment of the World Cup so far: Luis Suarez's vampire bite into the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. "If the game gets close, I will bite you, bite you — I will bite every German player if I have to," he pledged.
The comedian and die-hard soccer devotee was welcomed onto the stage by honorary superfan Teddy Goalsevelt (aka Mike D’Amico), who became an Internet sensation after being caught on camera screaming manically during Sunday's Portugal match while dressed as America’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. "Look for the guy sitting next to Teddy Goalsevelt in a red, white and blue bikini top," Ferrell told the screaming crowd.
Watch a clip of his passionate performance below.
Hulk Hogan shared his own pep talk with a YouTube upload: "Good luck, Germany, when the men's U.S. soccer team pound you down to the ground!" he tells the camera. "I guess all I have to say: USA is the greatest country in the world. The USA men's soccer team is going to wipe out Germany, and by the way, what you going to do, Germany, when the men’s USA soccer team runs wild on you?"
Watch Hogan's video below:
Meanwhile, back in the U.S., San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum celebrated his no-hitter by sporting a U.S. soccer jersey with his number 65 on it — and a knight's helmet — in the locker room after his historic game.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann encouraged everyone to skip work for the match, and even wrote a note for the nation's bosses.
Fans in Los Angeles can watch at the official L.A. Galaxy viewing party at Hermosa Pier from 8 a.m., which follows the team's sold-out party at Lot 613 for the draw against Portugal.