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AP PHOTOS: Argentine soccer fans follow team around Brazil on bus they bought for WCup trip

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    In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 photo, devoted soccer fans of Argentina's national soccer team, Facundo Morales, 30, sips from a mate tea cup as Jose Ribeti, 29, drives their bus penned "Carnavalito" from Brasilia to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to watch the semifinal match against Germany. The bus, formerly used for public transport, is outfitted for a long road tour with four single beds, an eating area, and cabinets for storing gear. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Monday, July 7, 2014 photo, Brazilian highways and sugar cane fields are framed in the windshield of the bus penned "Carnavalito," on the road between Brasilia and Sao Paulo, Brazil. A group of Argentine men pooled funds to buy the bus for $15,000, and saved up vacation time up over two years to travel all over Brazil in the converted bus to watch their national soccer squad’s progress during the World Cup. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Monday, July 7, 2014 photo, an Argentina national soccer fan plays a video game inside the converted bus penned Carnavalito, during a road trip from Brasilia to Sao Paulo, Brazil. A group of Argentine men has spent the last month traveling all over Brazil in Carnavalito, arriving at the various host cities to attend their national soccer squad’s World Cup matches. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Monday, July 7, 2014, Argentine Elias Sarrouf, 28, sleeps inside the bus he and his friends have penned "Carnavalito," during a road trip from Brasilia to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sarrouf is part of a group of Argentine men who has spent the last month traveling all over Brazil in the converted bus to watch their team progress in the World Cup. They sleep inside the bus, often eat at roadside cafes and bathe in the restrooms of gas stations. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 photos, Argentine Jose Ribeti, 29, is forced to pull to the side of the road when smoke from faulty engine wiring seeps inside the bus, during a road trip with friends from Brasilia to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to watch their national soccer squad play against Germany in the World Cup semifinal. The group will have driven more than 10,000 kilometers by the time they return on July 19 to the Salta region in northern Argentina, where most of them live. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

Talk about commitment to your sports team.

A group of Argentine men has spent the last month traveling all over Brazil in a converted bus to follow their national soccer squad's progress during the World Cup.

The four pooled their money to buy the bus for $15,000, and saved up vacation time up over two years. The bus, formerly used for public transport, is outfitted for a long road tour with four single beds, an eating area, and cabinets for storing gear.

"A lot of people say we are sick for making this long journey, but I say this is love," said 28-year-old Elias Sarrouf.

After leaving Argentina on June 9, the group has followed the team as it played Bosnia and Herzegovina in Rio de Janerio, Iran in Belo Horizonte, Nigeria in Porto Alegre, Switzerland in Sao Paulo and Belgium in Brasilia. Now, the bus is back in Sao Paulo for Argentina's semifinal match with the Netherlands on Wednesday. They hope their team will win and go on to play the final match in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

They don't have tickets for the semifinal or the final, but they did get tickets for three of the earlier matches that Argentina played.

"We are fulfilling the dreams of many Argentines, and the truth is that we are having a great time here," said Jose Ribeti, 29.

They named the bus "Carnavalito," for a traditional South American dance,

During their more than five-week trip around Brazil, the men have parked the bus in areas provided for fans by the Brazilian government. When they aren't on the road and a game isn't being played, they often relax inside the bus, drinking the traditional regional tea, yerba mate. They sleep inside the bus at night, often eat at roadside cafes and clean up in gas station restrooms.

The bus broke down between Brasilia and Sao Paulo when some of the cables in the engine caught fire, stretching the trip out to 20 hours.

"The Brazilians are very hospitable. They've helped us a lot during the trip," said Ribeti. "We have to thank this country and its people for being so warm to us."

The group will have driven more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) by the time they return on July 19 to the Salta region in northern Argentina, where most of them live. All are unmarried, and several work for family companies.

"Dreams come true if you let them fly," said Sarrouf. "Years ago, our idea was to attend this World Cup in Brazil. Now, we are thinking about going with this bus to the World Cup in Russia in four years."