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Corinthians: Craziest fans in the world?

Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT) December 17, 2012
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It is estimated 30,000 Corinthians fans are in Japan to support the Brazilian club in the Club World Cup. AFP/Getty Images
Back in Sao Paulo, fans of the Brazilian club were determined to join in the celebrations after the Copa Libertadores winners reached the Club World Cup final with a 1-0 semifinal win over Al-Ahly. AFP/Getty Images
"I'm conscious 30 million supporters need to be made happy," said Corinthians coach Tite ahead of the semifinal against Al-Ahly. AFP/Getty Images
A Corinthians fans shows off his tattoo with the emblem of the team in Sao Paulo. AFP/Getty Images
Some 15,000 Corinthians supporters waved banners, set off fireworks and blocked roads at Sao Paulo's main airport as the team set off for Japan. AFP/Getty Images
Hundred of fans followed the team bus from the Corinthians training camp to the airport. AFP/Getty Images
As well as the flags, banners and scarves, no Brazilian group of supporters would be complete without a drummer. James Montague
If you have made the trek to Japan to watch your club play in the Club World Cup it makes sense to watch the team at every available opportunity -- even at training sessions. AFP/Getty Images
After the 1-0 semifinal win over Ah-Ahly, the Corinthians players applaud their travelling fans in the Toyota stadium AFP/Getty Images
European teams have won the last five editions of the Club World Cup. But Corinthians, who are coached by Tite, go into Sunday's final with plenty of confidence given they were the first unbeaten winners of the Libertadores Cup since 1978.
Corinthians will play European Champions League winners Chelsea in Sunday's final. Chelsea reached the final after beating Mexican club Monterrey in Yokohama, with Juan Mata scoring the opening goal for the English Premier League side in a 3-1 win. Getty Images
Paulinho -- full name Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior -- played in Europe for clubs in Lithuania and Poland as a teenager before returning home, where he made his name at Corinthians. AFP/Getty Images