Far Away Fan

Far Away Fan

A podcast about football fans, and their personal journeys with 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. Get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram @FarAwayFanPod (https://www.instagram.com/farawayfanpod/)... Show More

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February 27, 2021 37 min
Richard Kharman (https://twitter.com/R_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 (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXU5AP7vQ-h14bBt1mf4VhA) Podcast, the only English podcast for Schalke with listeners from over 100 countries. We...
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In this bonus episode I am joined by Jack Wills (https://twitter.com/Jack_Wills_95) to talk about his wonderful series, 32 Sides To Every Story (https://heartof.football/category/stories/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 al...
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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 a ...
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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, Tr...
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Kelly Keith is from Kampala, Uganda and is a passionate AS Roma fan. Keith (https://twitter.com/1927Keith) 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 o...
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Marius Helgå (https://twitter.com/MariusHelgaa) is from Oslo, Norway and is a supporter of Gimnàstic de Tarragona (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimn%C3%A0stic_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 ha...
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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 (https://twitter.com/KaizerChiefsMex) where he tweets about the club is Spanish. We spoke about the World Cup, the generosity of the South African fans...
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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 (https://www.pucelaescocia.com/) for En...
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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 t...
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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 year...
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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 member...
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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 (https://twitter.com/SivanJohn_) , football writer, blogger, and part-owner of @TheBolaBolaShow (https://twitter.com/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 lege...
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With the Bundesliga resuming after the COVID 19 outbreak, it seemed like the perfect time to speak to a fan of the German football league.  Wan (@wanfarlee (https://twitter.com/wanfarlee) ) is from Malaysia and has been a Werder Bremen fan for 17 years. His story begins when he first saw the name at the top of the Bundesliga table in 2003, they went on to win the double that year. Call it luck, coincidence or just destiny whe...
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In this episode we speak to Andrés, a River Plate fan from Aalesund, Norway. Fascinated by Argentine football, he started to support the club after being an avid player of the video game Championship manager 99. He wasn't able to watch the games in Norway but regularly sought updates on River Plate via Google in the early days of the internet and in 2013 decided to start the twitter handle @RiverPlateNor (https://twitter....
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This episode features Giovanni Dougall @solo_parma (https://twitter.com/solo_parma) from the seaside town of Ayr, Scotland. His story starts on a Sunday afternoon watching a seventeen year old Gianluigi Buffon, making his debut for Parma against AC Milan that featured Roberto Baggio and George Weah (the game ended in a draw). This inspired Giovanni to play as a goalkeeper. Buffon’s debut against Milan in 1995: https://www.yout...
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In this episode we speak with Pranav, an AC Milan fan and friend of the pod.  We chat about his love for the club, but more about his passion for Italian football, Roberto Baggio and that missed penalty from the ’94 World Cup and why it was such a big influence on him.  He spoke about his club legend Paolo Maldini and the Italian art form of defensive football and why he thinks Stephan el Shaarawy was let down by the Management. ...
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There is no better time than right now to speak to a Liverpool fan.  I had put down a lot of notes for this episode but my plans seemed to go out the window. And how could they not, given the way Liverpool’s season is progressing, you can’t help but be impressed. Rohan has been a fan since that glorious comeback in the Champions League final of 2005. https://youtu.be/3OQToElxke4 We talked about that brilliant comeback, Gerrard (o...
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Our very first Far Away Fan is Nandan Krishnaswamy from Mumbai. Copywriter and life long Manchester United fan, how his journey with the football club started, why Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov deserved a bit more of our praise. What he's looking forward to in the coming years. His club legend Ryan Giggs.   And also, an interesting tale of a (now cherished) Ronaldo jersey. 
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