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Countries with a Surprising LFC Fan Base

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Football is the single most popular sport in the world - and England is the country with the most followed football league of them all. The vast majority of countries have their own regional tournaments where their local teams excel but few of them have a global following quite like Premier League teams have. 
Liverpool itself has a large network of fan clubs in countries around the world. Some of them, in turn, stand out of the cloud with their dedication or their sheer size.
ThailandThailand is famous for its temples, elephants, street food, and Tuk Tuks - motorized rickshaws used to transport everything from fresh produce to tourists. And, apparently, it has a surprisingly big LFC fan club.
Last year, Liverpool fans were forced to celebrate their favourite team’s first title in three decades staying at home. Thailand fans, in turn, held not one but two street parades to celebrate. Thai Kopites would be delighted for?????????????and ??????????? (casino games and sports betting) to also be regulated in the country so they could bet on their favourite team’s matches just like their fellow fans from abroad do – when this happens, only time will tell.South AfricaThe national sport of South Africa is not football but another English sport that was invented at the Rugby School, especially after the country’s national rugby team’s victory at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But there are many with love for a certain red team in their hearts.
There are official Liverpool FC fan clubs in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, and there is even an official Liverpool FC online store selling LFC merch to fans all over the country.Nordic countriesSweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands all have their own successful football clubs and football stars to root for. Still, all of these countries have a massive number of Premier League fans, with LFC being one of their favourites.
Apparently, this love for English teams in general - and the LFC in special - originated in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the national television channels of the three countries started broadcasting top-tier matches from the English Premier League. And, as Liverpool did great at the time, the Reds have gathered a great fan base in the area.
The love for the Reds was passed on from fathers to sons. At the same time, the success of players from various Nordic countries has kept increasing the LFC fan base in the same countries over the years - players like John Arne Riise, Jan Mølby, Sami Hyypiä, and many others.
The Faroe Islands stands out with perhaps the biggest share of LFC fans: at one point, almost 6% of its population was enrolled in a Facebook group called Liverpool Føroyar.

Written by Alan Spencer

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