1 month ago

Our Friends Afar: Pernambuco Supporters Group, Brazil

Watford supporters from around the world take on blogging duties to tell us about their connection with the club and how their region has been affected by the coronavirus…


GUILHERME RONALD – PERNAMBUCO SUPPORTERS GROUP, BRAZIL

My name is Guilherme Ronald and I’m from Pernambuco, Brazil. I am the leader of the Pernambuco Supporters Group here in Brazil and helped found the first Watford WhatsApp group with fans from all over Brazil.

I have always been passionate about English football, mainly because of the speed and strength that is involved. However, in 2015, after watching a popular Brazilian YouTuber who played Career Mode on FIFA with Watford, I began to research the club and I found the club’s history to be fascinating. I loved the amazing work done by the great Graham Taylor, taking the club from the Fourth Division to the First Division, as well as being runners-up in the 1982/83 season and runners-up in the FA Cup in 1984. From there I began to watch all the matches that were televised and became a huge fan. One of the most defining moments during my first season as a fan was, in fact, the win over Arsenal at the Emirates in the FA Cup.

Despite being far away, I always follow the club closely. I watch all the matches televised on ESPN or DAZN, I’m always on top of news and what’s going on behind the scenes, for example, signings, departures, tactical aspects, player and team technique, press conferences with players and the manager and I interact a lot with fellow Brazilian Watford fans. I also spend time learning more about the club’s history and significant past fixtures.

My favourite player is Troy Deeney because of everything he represents to the club and fans. He is a player that was fundamental to the club’s return to the Premier League. I also have a soft spot for Heurelho Gomes and João Pedro, being that they are fellow compatriots, as well as Étienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Ismaïla Sarr, Gerard Deulofeu and Ben Foster.

My favourite Watford game is the FA Cup semi-final against Wolves, when the team made a comeback with two insane goals from Deulofeu. I don’t think I have ever cheered so much in my life!

I will always support Watford and I will do everything to get more fans from generations to come by using the momentous game against Leicester City in the Championship play-offs 2012/13 as motivation.

If there are more Brazilians or South Americans interested in being part of our “Watford Brasil” WhatsApp group, please get in touch with me on Twitter or Email.


If you enjoyed this edition of 'Our Friends Afar', check out the blogs from our friends in Italy, China, the Cayman Islands, New England and Hong Kong.

First Team 1 month ago

First & Last: Kiko Femenía

Hornets defender Kiko Femenía talks us through his picks for our quick-fire 'First & Last' interview...


CAR

First: My first ever car was a BMW.

Last: That’s an easy one because I still own a BMW now!

FILM

First: I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Last: I think the last movie I watched was the Lion King.

CONCERT

First: My first concert was Andy & Lucas. They’re a Spanish pop duo.

Last: Daddy Yankee was the last artist I saw live.

HOLIDAY

First: The first holiday I can remember going on was in Ibiza.

Last: That was also in Ibiza. I like it there a lot!

TATTOO

First: I had ‘Kiko’ tattooed on my arm.

Last: The Virgin Mary, also on my arm.

TROPHY

First: When I was younger I won best player at Los Benjamines in Costa Blanca.

Last: It’s not a personal trophy but we won the Segunda División at Alavés in 2016.

MEAL COOKED

First: Roast chicken was my first ever meal!

Last: I made some very nice paella the other day.

APP CHECKED EACH DAY

First: The first app I open in the morning is Instagram.

Last: I think Instagram is probably the last one I go on too!