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
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 promote the club on the island...
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 Bluepodcast...
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 the club...
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 against arch rivals Linfield...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...