Hollywood actor John Travolta flew into South Africa in his own jet to boost the Australian team on Friday ahead of their opening 2010 FIFA World Cup™ match against Germany.
The 56-year-old star of popular movies, 'Saturday Night Fever', 'Grease' and 'Pulp Fiction', is in South Africa for five days with his pregnant wife, Kelly Preston, and their daughter, Ella.
Travolta, a qualified pilot, landed his own 707 aircraft at Lanseria Airport, north-west of Johannesburg early on Friday, before visiting the Socceroos' base camp to meet with the players. He is popular with the Australian squad and was coaxed into a few impromptu disco dancing routines by Socceroos' Everton star Tim Cahill.
Travolta's connection with the Australian team stems back to the previous FIFA World Cup in Germany when he flew a jumbo jet into Sydney to see Australia qualify against Uruguay for Germany 2006.
"The last time I went and saw the team in their change-room, I think they were more excited about having Danny Zuko (Travolta's character from Grease) than getting into the World Cup," he said. "I wasn't able to follow them to Germany because of filming commitments, but this time I am going to enjoy the game and whatever South Africa has to offer."
The actor was presented with a personalised Socceroo shirt bearing the No10 of one of his favourite players, Harry Kewell, and also posed for photos with the Socceroo squad and support staff. "Hopefully, it was a good omen to meet him again because the last time it worked in our favour (against Uruguay)," goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said.
While in South Africa, Travolta will also be assisting in promoting the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund to help raise awareness of their needs.