As you might expect, the vast majority of European football clubs have their biggest fan base right at home – people who don’t miss a match, constantly cheering from the grandstands, and willing to spill their blood for their teams, quite literally.
But the English Premier League often has the same effect on football fans in other countries, too, gathering massive fan bases in countries where you may not even expect.
The Red Devils have many fans in many countries around the world, from Botswana to Zimbabwe, from Bangladesh to Vietnam. The latter – the Manchester United Supporters Club in Vietnam – is among the biggest.
Football is among the most popular sports in the country, with both the local V.League 1 and international tournaments closely followed by news outlets.
The interest in international football, especially English football, is high due to the convenient timing (the matches are in the evening), and the extensive coverage both in the media and bookmakers like vwin offering a much-needed service in the newly regulated market.
If you happen to visit the country, Manchester United jerseys are among the ones you’ll encounter most often, showing the love of the local football fans for the Red Devils from half a world away.
Liverpool may not have won a Premier League for decades, but this didn’t stop its international fans from rooting for the team. The Reds have quite an extensive fan base around the world – it is especially beloved in Nordic countries. And there’s a good reason for that.
The Liverpool diaspora is especially strong in countries like Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark, and it has been for the better part of the last 50 years.
The reason, apparently, is that the local state-owned TV channels started broadcasting EPL matches throughout the 1970s and 1980s, in a period that coincided with the club’s brightest and strongest time – people were stuck to their TVs every Saturday watching EPL matches and, since the Reds were the best at the time, they fell in love with the team.
And the love for the team became a family tradition, passed on from father to son.
The popularity of English football clubs in England may change from season to season but it is unbroken when it comes to international fans. The best example of this would be Chelsea FC, a team with more fans in West Africa than at home.
Apparently, the club became a fan favorite in 1997 when the Blues signed their first Nigerian player, Celestine Babayaro who played around 200 matches for the London side.
From there on, managers turned to West African talent more often, and at the same time, the interest of West African football fans in the English club continued to grow.
Today, Chelsea has an estimated fan base in excess of 50 million in the West African region, especially in Nigeria, Ghana, and other English-speaking countries.