Fact Check: Video from Spanish Festival Falsely Linked to Croatia World Cup Win Against Brazil

Croatia ended Brazil’s World Cup hopes by defeating the five-time champions 4-2 in the penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup. With this victory, the Croatians reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the second time in a row and will face Argentina on December 14, 2022.

Against this backdrop, a viral video showing a large crowd of people singing and parading on the streets is doing the rounds on social media. Users have shared the video, claiming that the people are Croatian fans celebrating their team’s victory over Brazil in the quarter-finals. 

A Facebook user posted the viral video with a caption: That’s the way the Croatians celebrate for getting into the Semis .. Imagine, if they win the World Cup .. …_

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Newsmobile fact-checked the viral video, and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, we found an article, titled: Enjoy San Fermin 2017, published on the official website of the UK government on June 6, 2017. 

The article informs that the picture is from San Fermin festival celebrated every year in Pamplona, Spain, from July 6 to July 14 in honour of the city’s first bishop and patron saint Saint Fermín. It matches with the visual of the band in the middle of the viral video.

Conducting a Google Keyword Search for the festival, we identified a YouTube video:  GAITEROS!!! CHUPINAZO SAN FERMÍN 2018, published on the official channel of Navarra Television, a Spanish media house. 

A lot of visuals and elements in the YouTube video match with the viral clip. The famous Bull running is also a part of this festival. 

We found another YouTube video, titled: San Fermin Opening Ceremony 2018, showcasing similar visuals. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral video’s claim that Croatian football fans celebrating their team’s victory in the quarter-finals is false. 

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