Fans of Brazilian giants Corinthians are expected to flood Club World Cup (CWC) hosts Japan in the coming days, with Nikkan reporting that 8,500 have obtained the necessary visas to make the journey.
The information was obtained by former Japan Football Association (JFA) chairman Junji Ogura, who attended Saturday's draw in Sao Paulo for the 2013 Confederations Cup.
"An incredible number of people are coming to Japan," Ogura told Nikkan after returning to Japan on Monday. "For a team to send over 8,000 supporters here shows how passionate they are."
The Brazilian side are looking to capture their second Club World Cup title after winning the inaugural staging of the competition in 2000 when they beat Vasco da Gama on penalties. Sao Paulo and Internacional are the other Brazilian clubs that have won the tournament, which has since 2007 been dominated by European clubs.
After beating 2012 runners-up Santos on the way to winning the Copa Libertadores, Corinthians were drawn to play the the competition's first semi-final in Toyota Stadium, where they will play either African champions Al-Ahly or the winner of the play-off match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City.