A couple of years ago I underwent a major lifestyle change. I took on a job that would position me in different cities in different countries every few months. I started in Berlin, which is not that far and, to be honest, not that different from Manchester. But since then, I’ve been living in different parts of Asia.
It’s an incredible way to live. I get to experience a new culture for a period of time, explore new places, and learn new languages. I’ve made tons of friends and have a couch to sleep on in many different cities.
One thing that did change for the worse, however, was the outlet I had for my football fandom. Being in Germany, I could access Premier League games pretty easily. I didn’t ever have to miss Man City matches, unless I couldn’t get out of an arrangement.
In Asia, on the other hand, it is much easier to keep up with the Kardashians than with the Citizens. The coverage is not great, and matches happen at ridiculous hours. Right now, living in Manila, I have to wake up at 3AM to watch Champions League matches.
It’s not easy, but I have managed, and you can too. Here is what I have learned about keeping up with Man City while traveling the world.
A VPN Is A Must
Most Man City Premier League and Champions League matches are broadcast throughout Asia by Al Jazeera’s beIN Sports. So if you are renting from someone with a subscription to beIN channels, you don’t have too much trouble watching.
However, beIN’s coverage is less than optimal. Depending on where exactly you are, the reception can be awful. You may feel like you’re watching from the past. That is especially true when you try tune in for analysis by the dinosaurs Europe no longer wants.
A virtual private network (VPN) will allow you to access British channels, by routing your connection through a British server. A VPN is essential for online safety anyway, so the £7 or £8 per month is well worth it. This way, you can watch the Citizens’ games from anywhere without worrying about a poor connection.
Find A Pub Or Make Friends
The thing about waking up in the middle of the night to watch EPL or Champions League is that it is very difficult to enjoy the experience. All you want to do is go back to sleep, and it is tough to stay awake.
Watching in a pub open for this purpose, or with other fans, however, is much better. You’re all in the same boat, having woken up at a ridiculous time, making sure not to wake your partner, and finding it in you to care.
Watching alone, you are way more likely to give up, and even if you do continue watching, you’re unlikely to enjoy it. It’s also a great way to make friends, as you have something in common before you have even met.
Following the Citizens while traveling is definitely possible, but it takes a bit of work. Do the research in advance, and you’ll be all set.