Far Away Fan

Far Away Fan

A podcast about football fans, and their long distance love for clubs at the other end of the world. In each episode, we speak to a guest to understand how and why they ended up dedicating themselves to a football club. But most importantly what it has meant to them, and what it has brought to their lives. Get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram @FarAwayFanPod (https://www.instagram.com/farawayfanpod/)

Episodes

October 1, 2021 39 min
David is from England. and a fan of FC Zenit, Russia.

David’s interest in Russian football with a play by mail league, where he played as Torpedo Moscow. An early adopter of Twitter, how Zenit interacted with their fans on Twitter, and his early memory if of Hulk scoring a mind-blowing free-kick.

He’s half English and half Mauritian, he talked to me about his inspiration to start the Twitter handle @FC Zenit Mauritius to prom...
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Pedro is from Detroit, USA and a fan of Santos FC, Brazil.

In 2006, Pedro had broken his foot. While stuck indoors he discovered the club through a sports encyclopedia his grandfather owned and also watched the World Cup that year, being half Italian, it all seemed to come together to set him down his footballing journey.

He started his Twitter handle @SantosFC_Ingles, in part inspired by the Canary and Blue podcast.

We di...
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Samantha and Shawn are from Canada and are fans of FC St Pauli.

Shawn had seen a page in a sports catalog about a team he had never heard of. He was a Liverpool supporter at the time but the skull and crossbones motif made a distinct impression. Years later when he didn’t feel the connection to Liverpool anymore, he recalled the motif, looked up the club on the internet, and read about FC St Pauli and the culture and politics of t...
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He’s been a Leeds fan since the early 2000s when they reached the then UEFA CUP. He’s seen them go down and come back up after 16 years. He fell in love with Leeds in the early days when they faced teams in Europe like Real Madrid and Lazio. We talked about the impact Marcelo Bielsa has had and how Leeds is now a second team to so many.

We talk about the young players in the team like Pascal Struijk and Illan Meslier. 

He talke...
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Morgan Day is from Oklahoma,USA and is a fan of Glentoran FC in Northern Ireland. 

Morgan told me she doesn't really follow sports, but that that only makes this story even more unique. Morgan’s journey began on April 23rd 2020 when a Glentoran fan inadvertently tagged Morgan wishing her a ‘Happy Morgan Day’. 

A bit about Morgan Day, on April 23rd 2005, Chris Morgan scored a last-gasp winner for the Glens and a title decider ...
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Alberto Doblaré is from Zaragoza, Spain and is a fan of FC Union Berlin, Germany

Alberto has lived in Berlin for a few years. One day a colleague told him they should check out a game of this club in the second division. The experience was something he had was looking for in the city.

He moved back to Zaragoza and promised himself to start a Twitter account in Spanish, dedicated to the team if they came to the First Division. H...
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Richard Kharman is from Maryland, USA and a fan of Schalke, Germany.
Richard happened to watch a game on TV in 2003, and was just impressed by the Schalke fans and has been following the club ever since.
And a few years ago he started the SchalkeAmerica Podcast, the only English podcast for Schalke with listeners from over 100 countries.

We talked about the Club legends that made Richard fall in love with the club. Huntelaar a...
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In this bonus episode I am joined by Jack Wills to talk about his wonderful series, 32 Sides To Every Story.

Where Jack interviewed fans from each of the countries that participated in the World Cup. It's a series filled with heartwarming stories, not just of passionate fans who visited Russia to support their teams but also about their wonderful experiences along the way. 

Jack spoke to me about how he came up with the idea...
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Germán Aguirre is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and a fan of Portsmouth FC, England.

Germán is 17 years old. He was searching for a club of some historical significance and a somewhat forgotten club while playing career mode in FIFA. He got interested in the club and went on to discover more about their history.

He talked to me about their rivals, Southampton and his twitter rivalry with Southampton Argentina, who has also been ...
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Fransisco Fourcade is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a supporter of Southampton FC, England.
We began by speaking about Diego Maradona and the cultural impact he had across the world, not just in football.
Francisco started following Southampton for a bunch of different reasons, starting with him being the manager of a play by mail league and having to fill the slot for Southampton.
As his passion for the team increased,...
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Kelly Keith is from Kampala, Uganda and is a passionate AS Roma fan.

Keith was a Manchester United fan because of his family. He started to watch Roma on television and liked the way they played. So he started to choose them as his team on FIFA. His passion for Roma has grown over the years as he continued to play the game. He went on to tell me about how the Italian fans and their passion are one of the many reasons he loves the ...
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Marius Helgå is from Oslo, Norway and is a supporter of Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Spain.

Marius is a union representative and plays the bass trombone in his spare time. In 2006, he was visiting Spain with a band and visited the city of Tarragona. He fell in love with the city and decided to start following the club. He runs the twitter handle @NasticNoruega. The team currently plays in the third division of Spain.  He is hopin...
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Adrian Ochoa is from Tijuana, Mexico and is a supporter of Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa. 

The World Cup 2010 in South Africa had a huge impact on Adrian, so much so that he was supporting South Africa in the opening game versus Mexico. 
He has a Twitter handle @KaizerChiefsMex where he tweets about the club is Spanish.

We spoke about the World Cup, the generosity of the South African fans and why watching international footb...
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October 20, 2020 2 min
A mid season trailer, listen to fans from across the globe talk about their experiences. 
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Martin Devlin is from Inverness, Scotland and is a supporter of Real Valladolid, Spain.
Marti first got to see the club when Real Valladolid came to visit his town for a pre-season friendly. He was struck by how approachable and down to earth, the players were. He started to research the club and interact with fans online and was welcomed with open arms, he started the site pucelaescocia.com for English speaking fans to be able t...
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In this episode I speak to Angelica, a University Professor who teaches Film Analysis and Journalism in Mexico. 
Angelica read in an interview Robert Smith of The Cure, talking about being a QPR supporter. Not knowing anything about the club at the time, she asked her father about it. "That's Alan McDonald's team," he said. With that she started to research the club and its history and began to follow them. Never ...
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His journey started in the most unique way. He's been a Tottenham Hotspur fan from the age of six.

Jamie heard Mauricio Pochettino (then Spurs manager) in an interview say that he was ready for his first North London Derby since he had played and scored in the Clásico Rosarino for Newell’s Old Boys. That piqued Jamie’s interest. He researched the club and the derby, ultimately leading him to follow the club for close to 5 yea...
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Andrey Kazu is from Jakarta, Indonesia and supports Fiorentina in Italy. 
He’s been following the club since 96. He spoke to me about his journey as a Fiorentina fan. 
We discussed the influence and loyalty of Gabriel Batistuta. The rivalry with Juventus and how he picked a name for his son.
In 2016, Andrey visited Florence. The stadium was closed but the kindness of the staff gave him an experience of a lifetime.
He’s a me...
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William Dalton is from London and has been a supporter of San Lorenzo for 7 years.

He discovered the club while looking to spend some time in South America to learn Spanish, after his trip where he just immersed himself into the club and the culture, he started the twitter handle @SanLorenzoEng on his return to London.
His club legend is local boy Leandro Romagnoli, William talked about why being a local boy means so much in...
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This episode features Sivan John, football writer, blogger, and part-owner of @TheBolaBolaShow.
The lone Huddersfield fan from Malaysia, Sivan’s journey with the club started with a trip to reconnect with family living in Huddersfield.
He spoke to me about the matchday experience and why sharing it was his Uncle was so special.

He talked about club legend Andy Booth and more recently, Aaron Mooy for his impact during his...
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