20 episodes

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/)

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    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

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/)

    32 sides, 32 stories from the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Jack Wills of Heart Of Football

    32 sides, 32 stories from the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Jack Wills of Heart Of Football

    Jack Wills 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.

    • 18 min
    I was looking for a historical club - Germán Aguirre, Argentina - Portsmouth FC, England

    I was looking for a historical club - Germán Aguirre, Argentina - Portsmouth FC, England

    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 guest on this podcast.

    I also asked him about his local club Velez, and their historical win against Milan in the Intercontinental Cup of 1994.

    He’s also a fan of AC Milan, Italy. We went on to talk at length about the challenges as a Far Away Fan.

    I asked him about his interactions with fans from Portsmouth and how they reacted to him being a fan from Argentina. He also explained to me what ‘Mush’ means in Pompey slang ?!?

    Finally I ask him what being a Portsmouth fan has brought to his life.

    He hopes to see Pompey back in the Premier League and be able to visit Portsmouth in the near future.

    It was such a joy to speak to a young fan discovering his love for a club.

    Find Germán on twitter @ArgentinaPompey
    (https://twitter.com/ArgentinaPompey)
    We’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/FarAwayFanPod/) .

    • 24 min
    I always try to find the connections between Southampton and Argentina - Francisco Fourcade, Argentina - Southampton FC, England

    I always try to find the connections between Southampton and Argentina - Francisco Fourcade, Argentina - Southampton FC, England

    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, Trevor Foy of Global Saints and journalist Sebastian Garcia (https://twitter.com/SebaHGarcia) (a QPR fan from Argentina, do check out his beautiful journey here (https://twitter.com/SebaHGarcia/status/1171842547867631617?s=20) ) urged him to start a fan account for Southampton. So in 2014, he started the @SaintsArg (https://twitter.com/saintsarg) Twitter account. 

    We went on to talk about ‘Casa Fourcade’, the store his family has owned since 1956 where Fransisco continues to work today.

    We discussed the history of Southampton FC. Francisco is passionate about finding the connections between Argentina and Southampton. He has a matchday program from 1956 between Southampton and San Lorenzo.

    He told me about the connections he has developed as well, with his friend Dex in Southampton and how he’s come to call the city his home away from home. He wants to take his mother to Southampton some day. Francisco has even been invited a couple of times to the British Embassy in Argentina.

    We discussed managers Ralph Hasenhüttl, Mauricio Pochettino and Marcelo Bielsa.

    Francisco showed me a FC Goa kit. (from my home state!) It is one of the 2000 kits he owns. We both complained about the post and customs when it comes to getting kits. He tried to explain to me the erratic nature of the Argentine league.

    And finally, I ask him what it has meant to him to be a Southampton fan.

    We’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/FarAwayFanPod/) .

    • 1 hr 2 min
    "Omuroma, it means one who supports Roma" - Kelly Keith, Uganda - A.S. Roma, Italy

    "Omuroma, it means one who supports Roma" - Kelly Keith, Uganda - A.S. Roma, Italy

    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 of the many reasons he loves the team. 

    While we talked about the rivalries with Lazio and Juventus,  he now considers Barcelona a rival as well after the Champions League game of 2018. We had to talk about that amazing game and his experience of watching it with a group of 120 people. 

    From among his list of legends, he wishes he had the chance to see Francesco Totti. Danielle De Rossi, Eden Dzeko and El Shaarawy are on his list. Antonio Mirante is one of the  players he feels deserves more praise and Justin Kluivert is the young player he is hoping to see more of. 

    He told me a story about how he was among  a few International fans to receive a T-shirt from the club, in fact he has a set of jerseys’ enough to celebrate a ‘Roma week’.

    ‘Omuroma’ is his nickname, he explained to me what it means in Bantu and how it came about.

    Finally I ask him what it has meant to him to be a Roma fan.

    NOTE: We ran into some connectivity issues while recording which is why the audio quality suffered a bit, but  it clears up halfway through. Thanks for listening.

    We’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/FarAwayFanPod/) . 

    • 25 min
    "Young kids were saying, can I take a selfie with you" - Marius Helgå, Oslo, Norway - Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Spain.

    "Young kids were saying, can I take a selfie with you" - Marius Helgå, Oslo, Norway - Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Spain.

    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 handle @NasticNoruega (https://twitter.com/NasticNoruega) . The team currently plays in the third division of Spain.  He is hoping they come back to the Segunda Division, where you can watch the games on YouTube.

    His club legend is the Swedish player, Tobias Grahn, and a player he feels deserved a bit more praise from his time at the club is Manolo Reina, who now plays for Mallorca.

    In Norway, he follows Tromsø IL. In 2015, he was holding a giant flag in some crazy weather, the camera picked up his struggle. The clip went viral (https://www.vgtv.no/video/120423/er-dette-norges-beste-supporter) and even today Marius gets recognised at games across Norway!

    Tromsø is the northernmost professional club in the world. Marius told me
    about a fascinating game from the 1997 Cup Winners Cup where Tromsø played Chelsea (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hs7JDDBvDI) on a pitch that was completely covered in snow.

    Marius is a groundhopper, and has visited 11 countries. The most exotic he says has been his visits to Romania with Football in Heaven (https://www.facebook.com/footballinheavenromania/) . Check out his blog, http://bombaball.blogspot.com/ where he documents his groundhopping.

    At the end of the show you will hear Marius on bass trombone playing a medley of football songs

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG_r6l0TEUw) We’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/FarAwayFanPod/) .

    • 35 min
    Adrian Ochoa, Tijuana, Mexico - Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa

    Adrian Ochoa, Tijuana, Mexico - Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa

    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 and why watching international football makes him so happy. 

    Khama Billiat is a player Adrian feels is underrated and could be the best player in Africa and Keletso Sifama is the young player he’s looking to see more of.

    Adrian is studying International Relations and his dream is to someday live and work in South Africa.
    He has a collection of jerseys from across the world (but not India, but we fixed that!) and hopes to be a part of FIFA someday. He told me a great story about watching the world cup in his school Auditorium.

    I asked him what his journey as a Kaizer Chiefs’ fan has brought to him, he talked about the friendships he has formed by supporting the team.

    We also talked about @multincha (https://twitter.com/multihincha) , who promotes supporter clubs from North and South America.

    We’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod (https://twitter.com/FarAwayFanPod) or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/FarAwayFanPod/) . 

    • 33 min

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