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Australian toddler gets first taste of World Cup fever

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Given that David Kuhn proposed to his wife Sandra amidst the euphoria that followed Australia's qualification for the 2006 tournament, it is perhaps not too surprising the couple wanted to give their daughter an early taste of World Cup fever.

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Australian toddler gets first taste of World Cup fever

VIDEO SHOWS: AUSTRALIAN FAMILY AND SOCCEROOS FANS, SANDRA KUHN, DAVID KUHN AND EMMY KUHN ATTENDING FRANCE - AUSTRALIA GAME AT THE 2018 WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA / SANDRA KUHN PUTTING SOCCEROOS JERSEY ON EMMY KUHN, INTERVIEW WITH SANDRA AND DAVID KUHN / SANDRA, DAVID AND EMMY KUHN WALKING AROUND KAZAN STREETS, STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF DAVID, SANDRA AND EMMY DURING GAME RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

VARIOUS OF AUSTRALIA FAN, 40-YEAR-OLD SANDRA KUHN FITTING HER DAUGHTER, 15-MONTH-OLD, EMMY KUHN WITH SOCCEROOS JERSEY 2.

SANDRA HOLDING EMMY KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 16, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

EMMY HOLDING STUFFED TOY 4.

EMMY WALKING TOWARDS SANDRA / SANDRA PICKING UP EMMY AND KISSES HER 5.

SUPPORTERS ENTERING KAZAN ARENA FOR FRANCE-AUSTRALIA GAME 6.

41-YEAR-OLD DAVID KUHN, SANDRA AND EMMY ARRIVING AT STADIUM 7.

EMMY WAVING 8.

VARIOUS OF EMMY WALKING WHILE SANDRA AND DAVID ARE HOLDING HER HAND 9.

FANS WALKING TOWARDS KAZAN ARENA KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 16, 2018) (DAVID KUHN AND SANDRA KUHN - MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY DAVID KUHN AND SANDRA KUHN) (MUTE) 10.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF DAVID, SANDRA AND EMMY IN KAZAN ARENA 11.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF EMMY WATCHING GAME 12.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF EMMY SAT IN STADIUM SEAT 13.

VARIOUS OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF EMMY SLEEPING DURING THE GAME KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 16, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 14.

SUPPORTERS LEAVING KAZAN ARENA AFTER GAME 15.

DAVID, SANDRA AND EMMY LEAVING KAZAN ARENA KAZAN, RUSSIA (JUNE 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 16.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA SUPPORTERS, SANDRA KUHN AND DAVID KUHN, SAYING: SANDRA KUHN, SAYING: "Well she slept for about half of it so that was good for me; I got to relax and watch the game.

And then the second half she was just flirting with everyone around her and she was so good with all the noise and everything.

Right now, she's a bit grisly but no she was so good." DAVID KUHN, SAYING: "She was really good at the game." SANDRA KUHN, SAYING: "I'm hoping the next game she will be as well but I don't know, wait and see." 17.

VARIOUS OF DAVID, SANDRA AND EMMY WALKING IN KAZAN STREETS 18.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA SUPPORTERS, DAVID KUHN AND SANDRA KUHN, SAYING: DAVID KUHN, SAYING: "When Australia played Uruguay and John Aloisi got his goal to make it to the (2006) World Cup which I never thought would happen yes I proposed to Sandra." SANDRA KUHN, SAYING: "I think he was on such a high, he didn't realise what he was doing at he time and by the next day 'Oh god what have I done?'

(LAUGHING)." DAVID KUHN, SAYING: "It all began there, so that was our falling in love with the World Cup." 19.

VARIOUS OF DAVID, SANDRA AND EMMY WALKING IN KAZAN STREETS 20.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA SUPPORTER, DAVID KUHN, SAYING: "About the game well I thought we were very unlucky not to come away with a point, we played really good.

There was a controversial decision I thought so yes very unlucky not to come away with a point." 25.

VARIOUS OF EMMY PUTTING ON SUNGLASSES 26.

VARIOUS OF DAVID, SANDRA AND EMMY WALKING IN KAZAN STREETS 27.

KAZAN PEDESTRIAN STREET STORY: Given that David Kuhn proposed to his wife Sandra amidst the euphoria that followed Australia's qualification for the 2006 tournament, it is perhaps not too surprising the couple wanted to give their daughter an early taste of World Cup fever.

And so it was on Saturday that toddler Emmy was dressed up in a tiny green and gold replica shirt and joined some 10,000 fans from Down Under cheering on the Socceroos in their Group C opener against France.

At 15 months old, Emmy made little contribution to the wall of noise created by the passionate Australians as their team went down 2-1 to the French at Kazan Arena, but that suited mum just fine.

"She slept during half of it so that was good for me.

I got to relax and watch the game," Sandra Kuhn told Reuters.

"And then the second half she was just flirting with everyone around her, she was so good with all the noise and everything." Emmy's parents are hoping they will have a similar experience in Australia's last two group matches against Denmark and Peru before they make the 13,000 km trip back to their home in Sydney's beachside suburbs.

The two Socceroos fanatics will also be hoping for a couple of wins for their team as Australia look to get into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time in five attempts.

The second of those five appearances at the finals came 32 years after the first and was secured in 2005 with a win over Uruguay in a penalty shootout at Sydney's Olympic Stadium, a result which was to have lasting consequences for the Kuhns.

"When John Aloisi got his goal to make it to the World Cup, which I never thought would happen, yeah, I proposed to Sandra," David recalled.

"It all began there, that was our falling in love with the World Cup." Sandra remains convinced that the proposal might not have come but for Australia's win.

"I think he was on such a high, he didn't realise what he was doing at the time," she said laughing.

"And by the next day he was thinking, 'Oh God!

What have I done?'."




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