Today, the world is smaller than ever. Thirty years ago, if anyone found a West Bromwich Albion fan wandering around New York, people would have flocked to the nearest grocery store to tell the owners that a barcode was missing from the shelf.
These days, nobody would bat so much as an eyelid, and there would even be the possible bonus of someone identifying the team – albeit hilariously mispronounced.
With thousands of people born and bred in the UK moving abroad, it is not always possible for people to make it to the big match. Some people are, however, fortunate enough to find themselves in a country where their team is highly regarded.
With that in mind, here are twelve bars across the world, into which fans of certain clubs would likely integrate well.
L'annexe, 3 rue Felix Faure, 06400 Cannes, France
France is still the first and most obvious destination for any Gunner. Arsene Wenger is well-known as a pioneer of continental coaching techniques in English football, and has always looked to his home country for the finest talents.
Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Olivier Giroud have, in particular, given the North London club a very real presence in France over the years. Now, Alexandre Lacazette is ready to strut his stuff in the famous red and white.
There is always a drama these days at Arsenal, and it is easy to forget that the Wenger era has brought the club three Premier League titles, all of which were won with consistently classy displays.
As such, the fact that this bar is situated in Cannes – of film festival notoriety – and on the beautiful French Riviera, makes it the perfect stomping ground for a visiting Gunner!
The Monk Pub, Vlamingstraat 37, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Even though he has recently spent much time on the injury table, Eden Hazard is still considered one of Belgium’s finest sons.
In light of Chelsea selling Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, some banter must be expected between yourself and the locals.
Of course, what really matters when watching Chelsea’s beautiful game is having a beautiful drink in your hand to complete the effect, and Belgian produce is as good as it gets.
With Trappist brewing as the overriding theme, amidst a multi-screen bar, the Monk Pub has rave reviews from sports fans.
La Moneda de Oro, Avenida Bernardo o'Higgins 1252, Valparaiso 2352354, Chile
Founded in 1909 by Anglo-Chileans, and named after the famous English club that had just toured Sotuh America, Everton de Viña del Mar play in the Chilean Primera Division.
In 2010, the sibling sides played each other at Goodison Park, with Everton FC winning 2-0. However, the real winners on that night were the Chilean visiting fans, who gained the adulation and respect of their English counterparts by packing the away section and drumming fervently all night.
Although Vina del Mar itself is a great gambling resort in Chile, sports bars are few and far between. Luckily, just an 8km jaunt down Avenue Espana, is the neighbouring city of Valparaiso.
At La Moneda de Oro, travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to sports, with multiple events playing out simultaneously.
Premier Sports Bar, Ko Samui, Surat Thani Province, Thailand
Even though Leicester City were comfortably one of the worst defending champions in living memory last season, the relationship between Leicester City FC and the Kingdom of Thailand is as watertight as ever.
Without the divine interventions and shrewd employment tactics of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Foxes would still be as they were nearly a decade ago – floundering in English football’s third tier as opposed to being the subject of football’s greatest miracle.
This bar is likely to have a good number of expats, and it boasts every western refinement imaginable.
Wearing a Leicester shirt inside a sports bar, or just about anywhere, in Thailand is now akin to wearing a pair of 24-carat shoes.
Healy Mac’s, Jalan P. Ramlee | Crown Regency, No.12 Ground Floor, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia
As big as Leicester City are in Thailand, Liverpool FC is paramount to a figure of worship over in Malaysia.
With a devoted Malaysian Reds section on LFC TV and an array of social media pages for Malaysian fans of Liverpool, the club and country are set to be entwined for as long as it is "Liverpool’s year"...
Situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Healy Mac’s is Irish-themed and homely – and, apparently, “overrun” with television screens, ensuring that nobody’s vision is obscured.
The Living Room, Cathal Brugha St, | Dublin 1, Dublin, Ireland
Though ardent Red Devil worshippers would assert otherwise, there are in fact more Manchester United supporters in Ireland than supporters of the Irish international football team.
If you are a Manchester United fan, then you will be in good company in just about any sports bar in Dublin, whenever Mourinho’s men are in action.
However, this joint has been described as a “fantastic sports bar”, and with people spoilt for choice in Dublin, that is no mean feat!
Blue Agave, Rua Vinicius de Moraes 68, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ten years ago, the very idea of a true Brazilian maestro at Manchester City was a laughable prospect. Then came the money, provided initially by Thaksin Shinawatra, which saw free kick specialist Elano arrive and make an instant impact.
Today, with Danilo, Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus all playing a part in the International Champions Cup for the Citizens, Manchester City fans would have felt warmly welcome if watching the tournament in this Brazilian sports bar.
With a good blend of Latin flair in the atmosphere, and a multitude of screens showing events from all over the world, the mere fact that this bar is called Blue Agave should be a good omen by itself.
Oranje Pub, Kraljevica Marka 4 | Savamala, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
Much like Geordies on Boxing Day, Serbia’s hardcore fans have a propensity to be rowdy and topless.
There is further common ground, with Serbian striker Aleksandr Mitrovic making a return to the Premier League, after remaining loyal with Newcastle throughout the club’s one-season stay in the FL Championship.
Watching a Newcastle game on the big screen in this cosy, compact bar – with perfect reviews on Trip Advisor – will make even the craziest Toon Army "general" feel firmly at home.
Aparima, 17 Orepuki-Riverton Hwy, Riverton 9822, New Zealand
Marooned firmly in the far south of England, Southampton F.C is still without a real worldwide presence. Although the efforts of Matt Le Tissier in the 1990s have made Southampton a respected entity in Jersey, that hardly counts as a territory conquered.
Nonetheless, Saints fans travel the world just as much as supporters of other clubs do.
This bar, just west of Invercargill is – quite literally – at the end of the world. However, it boasts stunning outdoor views to go with its screens, so nobody wants for a good eye-stretcher at half time.
There is no link between New Zealand and Southampton, but locals and Saints alike can find common ground in terms of their understanding of what it is to be extremely isolated.
Bjarni Fel Sportsbar, Austurstraeti 20, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Welsh and Icelandic football fans alike enjoyed a stellar Euro 2016.
For the past three seasons, fans in the valleys have enjoyed the sight of Iceland’s most dangerous midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson showcasing his silky skills – and rescuing the Swans on multiple occasions.
Renowned for having a “great happy hour”, the compact Bjarni Fel Sportsbar offers a close-knit experience, and it is surely a bar of choice for anyone in a Swansea shirt bearing the name ‘Sigurdsson’.