Long Distance Love

A podcast about football fans, and their personal journeys with their long distance love for clubs at the other end of the world.

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Episode 6: Muhammad Sofwan Zulkepli, Malaysia – SV Werder Bremen

With the Bundesliga resuming after the COVID 19 outbreak, it seemed like the perfect time to speak to a fan of the German league.  Wan (@wanfarlee) is from Malaysia and has been a Werder Bremen fan for 17 years. His story begins when he first saw the name at...

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Episode 5: Andrés, River Plate

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...

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Episode 4: Giovanni, Parma

This episode features Giovanni Dougal @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...

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Episode 3: Pranav, AC Milan

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...

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Episode 2: Rohan, Liverpool FC

There is no better time than right now to speak to a Liverpool fan. My plans for this episode 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...

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Episode 1: Nandan K, Man Utd

Our very first Far Away Fan is Nandan Krishnaswamy from Mumbai. Copywriter and life long Manchester United fan, how his journey with the club started, the players who deserved a bit more of our praise and what he’s looking forward to in the coming years. And also, an interesting tale...

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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 league. 
Wan @wanfarlee wanfarlee is from Malaysia and has been a @WerderBremen fan for 17 years. His story begins when he first saw the name at the top of the @bundesliga_en table in 2003, they went on to win the double that year.

Call it luck, coincidence or just destiny when in 2014, his job gave him the opportunity to visit Bremen. Where the matchday experience had a huge impact on him, eventually learning to sing in german!

He spoke about his club legend, Claudio Pizarro who has four stints with the club. Who continues to play and score for the club. 
He spoke to me also about how as a fan he is sometimes disappointed by the dependence on stats and data when it comes to selecting a player.

Philipp Bargfrede and Kevin Möhwald (@moeh14) are the two names he picked as players who are sometimes overlooked and don't receive their due praise from fans. 
Werder Bremen has a history of picking talent very early (Ozil, Kevin De Bruyne and many more), Wan believes Luc Ihorst is one such talent who is going to be a star in the future.

He spoke to me about the up and downs of being a Werder Bremen fan and why is it better than being a fan of Bayern Munich. 
A game that left him disappointed was against Bayern, where Bremen lost 6-0, but he saw a lot of heart in the players that day. And the game again Dortmund is one of the best Bremen matches he’s watched. 
He also talks about why his Werder Bremen scarf is so important to him, and the impact it has when he meets other fans.

I also ask him what this journey of being a fan has meant to him after seventeen years. 
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#claudiopizarro #lucIhorst #football #podcast #podernfamily #FarAwayFanPod
  • In this episode we speak to Andrés @andres_godo, a @riverplate 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 with news and updates in english.

His earliest memory is of the team that featured Javier Saviola, Pablo Aimar, 
Juan Pablo Sorín. 
Andrés’ team legends are Andrés Nicolás D'Alessandro and Fernando Cavenaghi. 
The midfielder and current captain, Leonardo Daniel Ponzio, who came in when they were relegated in 2011 and centre back Jonatan Maidana according to Andrés deserve a lot more praise for their contributions.

He also spoke about manager Marcelo Gallardo’s outstanding achievement of managing to keep a team together whilst also managing to bring in the young talent of River Plate. Julián Álvarez, Nahuel Gallardo and Cristian Ferreira are the young players he’s looking forward to seeing more of. 
Andrés is also a UEFA C Licensed coach, he talked about an amazing experience as assistant coach to his local team Godøy Idrettslag qualifying for the Norwegian Cup. 
He owns one of the kits printed for Juan Fernando Quintero from the Copa Libertadores final 2018.

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  • Listen to @soloparma from our most recent episode, talking about ‘that’ special connection when it comes to supporting a club. @parmacalcio1913 
We’re all about conversations like these. 😁

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  • This episode features Giovanni Dougall @solo_parma from the seaside town of Ayr, Scotland. His story starts on a Sunday afternoon watching a seventeen year old Gianluigi Buffon @gianluigibuffon, 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.youtube.com/watch?v=92zoS71E12k

Over the years Parma fans have seen their fair share of turmoil but they’ve also had talent like Baggio, Zola, Cannavaro, Stoichkov, Crespo and Thuram feature for them.

Giovanni’s Club Legend is Allessandro Lucarelli @ale6lucarelli , who promised to stay with the club after Parma were refounded in Serie D and led them back with a record three straight promotions to return to Serie A in 2018.

He also spoke about the back line of Riccardo Gagliolo, Simone Lacoponi and Bruno Alves, why their contribution is sometimes overlooked. 
Yann Karamoh @ykaramoh is a young player he’s looking to see more of in the years to come. 
Giovanni reminisces about the 2006 World Cup, discusses his collection of kits and why he treasures a Lucarelli armband that the club sent him.

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To learn more about the club and their fans, do visit www.parmafansworldwide.com.

We’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us on Twitter @FarAwayFanPod 
#football #podcast #podernfamily #italy #FarAwayFanPod  #forzaParma #parma #parmafans #parmafansworldwide
  • Listen to a few clips from our recent episode with @acmilan and @azzurri fan @pranagraphy talking about why #RobertoBaggio is such an influence on him and why there is a beauty in defence...#italy🇮🇹 #farawayfanpod #football #podcast #podernfamily check it out on #applepodcasts #spotify #googlepodcast or your favourite podcast platform, check out the link in our bio.
  • In this episode we speak with @pranagraphy, @acmilan fan and friend of the pod. 
We chat about his love for the club, but more about his passion for Italian football @azzurri #robertobaggio 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 @paolomaldini and the Italian art form of defensive football and why he thinks #stephanelshaarawy was let down by the Management. 
Pranav shared an interesting story from his trip to the World Cup in Russia, Mithun Chakraborthy and why Russians have good will towards India.

He also had a funny story about his Agent in Italy, the acoustics at #sansiro, taking his son to #stadioolimpico and why the most beautiful stadium he’s been to is the #paljorstadium in Gangtok.

We talked about Football kits, Football books, the Berlusconi era, former and current AC Milan Rivals and keeping our fingers crossed for Milan. And his collection of posters from @sportstarweb 
Given the pandemic outbreak of Covid -19 across the World and Italy being one of the worst affected, the timing of this episode is almost symbolic. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as we dedicate this episode to Italy and their fighting spirit. 
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#football #podcast #podernfamily #italy #FarAwayFanPod