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STAND UP AND BE COUNTED: COLOMBIA

25 August 2015

Introducing Colombian Latics fans, Ivan Colmenares.

  • Meet Colombian Latics fan Ivan Colmenares.
  • Ivan is just one of two signed up from his country.
  • Latics fans worldwide standing up to be counted for the Football League.
Meet Colombian Wigan Athletic supporter Ivan Colmenares! He’s one of almost 500 Latics fans signed up across the world for the chance to win flights, tickets and accommodation through the Football League’s Stand Up and Be Counted campaign.

The campaign began back in June, and so far we have 73 nations represented, from our leading supporters in Australia, to the lesser known British Virgin Islands!

In our penultimate instalment, we head to Colombia to hear Ivan's story:

NAME: Ivan Colmenares
AGE: 38
LOCATION: Bogota, Colombia

Why did you start supporting Wigan Athletic?

To me English football is the best in the world, and when my countryman Hugo Rodallega signed for the club in 2009 my love for Wigan Athletic was born.

I watched some very impressive campaigns in the Premier League, and looked back through the club’s history which to me is full of honour.



What was the first Latics match you watched?

The first match I saw was just after Hugo signed in 2009 and we drew with Bolton Wanderers, and I’ve continued to watch games ever since.

My dream is to come over to England to see the team play live, but I haven’t had that chance yet.

What is it like supporting Latics in Colombia?

There aren’t many Wigan Athletic fans in Colombia put it that way, but that makes me feel special knowing that I am carrying the club’s name into my country.

I follow all of the news on the internet and read everyone’s opinions on Facebook, and sometimes there are matches online, so it’s quite easy for me to keep up to date with the team.

What are your hopes for the new season?

I really like Gary Caldwell, he was a leader on the pitch and now he’s doing the same off it, and he will have learned a lot from the managers he’s played for.

I think Gary will be the man to help us back to the Championship, and then who knows maybe the Premier League.

I coach an amateur team in Colombia, so hopefully I can pick up some tips from the way we play this season and use them here.

Are you a Latics fan living outside of the United Kingdom?  Join our growing worldwide support on the Stand Up and Be Counted map by [clicking here].




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