Manolo el del bombo

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Manolo el del bombo

Manuel Cáceres Artesero (born 15 January 1949 in Ciudad Real, Spain), better known as Manolo, el del bombo (English: Manolo the Bass Drummer) is one of the most famous football fans in the world.[1]


Raised in Huesca,[1] he is Valencia CF and Spain's national football team's most famous supporter and has become a national institution. He is easily recognized by his large beret, red number 12 jersey and his famous bass drum, "El bombo de España" (The drum of Spain), which he bangs throughout the match.[1]

Manolo first travelled abroad to watch Spain in 1979 and was present to all Spain's international matches since 1982.[1] Unfortunately on July 3rd, 2010 he missed his first game: Spain - Paraguay at FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, because he caught pneumonia.[2]

At the 1982 World Cup in Spain he hitch-hiked 15,800 kilometers in order to follow his team. He has also gone through 9 or 10 "bombos".[citation needed]

He owned a bar next to the Mestalla Stadium that doubles as a sports museum.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lowe, Sid (2012) "Euro 2012: Manolo the drummer, the man who lost everything for Spain", The Guardian, 21 June 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014
  2. ^ Carbajosa, Carlos E. (2010) "Adiós Manolo, adiós bombo", El Mundo, 1 July 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2014
  3. ^ "Superespañoles: Manuel Cáceres Artesero" (in Spanish). Fotolog. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 

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