YouTube Star Sponsors The Fastest Rising Football Club in England

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John Green is a best-selling author and a FIFA-loving YouTube star. AFC Wimbledon is a football club in London that plays in the fourth tier of the English football league system. The story of how one used his unorthodox fame to finance a club thousands of miles away is an inspiring tale of cultural exchange, triumphant populism, and the weird power of the internet. WATCH NEXT: Ride Along: The Gonzo Twins are NCAA Athletes and Instagram Stars: Subscribe to VICE Sports here: Check out VICE Sports for more: Follow VICE Sports here: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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[deleted] : It's weird to see this story from a neutral point of view, rather then John's. This is possibly the strangest, but also a most heartwarming story of a football team.

Brown Strongman : I really hope Wimbledon get to the premier league in john's lifetime

Ian Albert : I watched this whole thing with a big, stupid grin on my face.

Kevin Monsieur : You know it's an American documentary when they have to explain what the FA Cup is.

StoryBrain : It's weird how Youtube is starting to be about itself now, isn't it?

Hamilton Brown : an American that says "football". Well done :-)

Rachel Witt : John Green has slowly invaded all aspects of the internet.

Michael Hart : I honestly doubt you can find someone who genuinely doesn't like John. One of the best.

Jacob Clark : I love how they make it seem like he made movies before he was on youtube

jeff kennedy : john green, decreasing world suck since 2007

Drums & Bass : I like john green and what he did for wimbledon, but he didnt save wimbledon. the fans saved it, from holding trials on the common and bring it up from the amateur leagues to where it is now. john found out about it fell in love with it and took an active participatory role in helping the club, but he didnt save it and i think he would be the first to tell you that.

Zachary Brewer-Kirby : I honestly thought John was just making everything up in his FIFA let's plays lol

pokechatter : I thought the youtube stardom came slightly before the best selling author/ box office gold producer bits...

Aaron Hinton : This is what football should be. Not a bunch of teams driven by some middle eastern oil Barron but teams driven by the love of the sport. Shows what football should be.

Landon Michael : The volume on this video is very quiet

Victor Yau : Finally! I always wondered what the room looked like when John plays FIFA.

photoshopknight : Been watching "hankgames" since John Green started playing with Swindon town on fifa. John is a great football ambassador and understands the history/passion of Wimbledon.  Thanks vice for the documentary.

suspendedsky : i'm so happy this video exists. it is SO difficult to explain to people why i support afc wimbeldon, as i've never had an interest in football in my entire life.

Luke Towler : One of the best things I've watched on VICE sports

James G. Wall : Brilliant, you've got to love John Green.

sigridsimmen : John Green is a true hero. We need more John Greens in the world.

BergletteMom : Now I FINALLY understand why John Green loves and supports this team! What an awesome story!

Rex Galilae : When I used to watch his history videos in which he'd joke about meeting Gerrard one day in Anfield and so on, I thought he wasn't being serious but now, to my surprise, I realized that this guy is a bigger football fan than most of us here. I salute to him! :')

Erica Bourland : Please tell me I'm not the only one who pictured John sitting alone in the dark in a La-Z-Boy, with Meredith off to the side working.

Seb Gardner : I legit think john could run for president

Steven James : Not even a mention of Seb Brown. Did I ever tell you guys about the time Seb Brown saved 2 penalties against Luton Town to send us into the League?

Peter Webb : ah yes Crash Course is definitely hosted on the vlogbrothers channel

Graham Rich : Hillary Clinton break dancing. If this has happened somewhere, I need to see that. If it hasn't, she owes the world to do it.

Commandelicious : And this is why we all love John Green.

Jack Dent : They also just qualified for the playoffs #COYD

RizzleMcDizzle : Liverpool Fan John Green. The boy done good. Liverpool fan here wishes AFC Wimbledon the best of luck in the future. YNWA

Amy Perry : Best part is the guy talking about how bad John Green is at the game. <3

Varun Rajput : Yet another reason to love John Green.

JaarOar : Great story The video needs more Akinfenwa tho

FoamsnJays : Please invest more into this channel. This is great.

Kate D : As someone who has been following Vlogbrothers since mid-2008, it continues to weird me out how famous they are these days. But still cool.

George Gathiani : I consume a decent amount of content online and I must say, coming across what John and Hank Green are doing is the single biggest gift the internet has ever given me. I have never known a duo as inspirational and motivated towards making the world a better place through one of the most unorthodox of platforms ever.

wiet111 : Wait? did I just see Meredith? My life is complete now.

Fronk Oshen : He didn't say soccer! ❤️❤️❤️

curt : I love watching John's Crash Course World History, but after watching this, he's gone up ten fold in my estimation.

MurderCity21 : Ive never seen john green playing fifa, is there a channel he has for that?

Ms Articulate : Woo! UK Nerdfighter here and so fun to see John at Wimbledon! :D

Rathanak's Life : This dude helped me learn history and psychology

A. C. : DFTBA!!!

MenexGaming : Meredith in that clip where Akinfemwa scored.

Malice1111 : Sports interactive of football manager fame should have some mention as they helped start the new team and continue to sponsor the team.

Nate Knops : AFC Wimbledon could probably beat west ham how there playing

ibesweetp2 : I own an afc wimbledon scarf from the dftba shop, it's very bizarre being so emotionally attached to a team that plays in a country I've never been to. I was almost in tears when Akinfenwa scored against Liverpool

milowent : Little by little, actual Americans are now rooting for AFC Wimbledon. The "American underdog story" is not just American, its universal, and this resonates with all true Americans who hear it.