Is this guy the most dedicated soccer fan in Italy?

When Italian soccer club Udinese Calcio headed 320 miles across the country to play U.C. Sampdoria in Genoa, they probably expected to play without the support of their fans.

But when team members looked up at their side of the bleachers on Monday night, they found a surprising sight: Amidst a blue sea of empty seats, one solitary Udinese fan could be seen standing and proudly cheering his team on.

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A lone fan of Udinese Calcio looks on during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Dec. 10 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

As Yahoo! News notes, it is unclear as to whether the man happened to be a local Udinese supporter or if he was the only fan who braved the more than 600-mile round trip to follow his team.

Either way, it seems his presence was greatly appreciated by both the Udinese soccer club and Sampdoria's fans.

"Samp fans took pity on our lone hero's plight and cheered for him all night, with the Udinese fan returning joyful waves throughout the game," ESPN writes.

At one point, Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale, having just kicked the ball into the back of the net, gave the solo fan an appreciative wave.

Udinese ended up winning the match 2-0.

Watch Di Natale giving props to his team's loyal fan in this YouTube video of game highlights:

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