A Brazilian fan is preparing for his first trip to Carrow Road when he will join other City supporters from around the world as part of Global Canaries Day.
Lucas La Torre, 23, has been supporting Norwich City for the last 13 years from his home in Rio de Janerio and has always dreamed of visiting the ground and watching the Canaries in action.
And ahead of the Club's annual Global Canaries Day on Saturday, April 19, we will be meeting more of our fan groups from around the world in a new series called 'Canary Citizens.'
Lucas fell in love with Norwich following the Club’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Carrow Road in 2005 after stumbling across the match on TV.
He said: “When Dean Ashton scored the first goal against Manchester United I started to take an interest in the match. I was just a kid, and I saw so much charisma and charm on that Canary team. When Leon McKenzie scored the second goal and I saw how loud the fans celebrated, I was in love. For me, the best part of a club is the fans. Great fans for me make a great club.
“When the internet got better, I started to search for news about the Club and started my Brazilian Canary blog, Twitter and other things that I do to find out more about Norwich, the fans and turn me into a fan too.”
Despite the time difference, Lucas does whatever he can to follow City’s games.
“It’s quite hard, but I do my best to watch every match,” said Lucas. “It’s rare when I can’t. I plan my day to watch, listen or follow the updates on Twitter for every game. When I am working the tweets help a lot, and my boss doesn’t mind!”
Lucas, who said his favourite City player of all-time is Grant Holt, also likes Norwich because it reminds him of his local club in Brazil.
“Norwich reminds me of my local team because they have so many fans that are passionate about the club,” said Lucas. “The atmosphere in Carrow Road looks and sounds amazing, as Maracana stadium does.”
Lucas will join the half-time pitch parade at Global Canaries Day where he will fly the Brazilian flag along with other supporter groups from around the world and closer to home. This year’s event will take place as City takes on Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.
Lucas, who has been learning English for the trip, said: “I have dreamed of this moment for a long time. I keep creating scenes in my mind. I am counting down the days and really looking forward to it.
"It will be the first time that I travel alone out of my country too, so it will be a great experience. It shows that dreams can turn into reality.”
Norwich City has a diverse range of supporter groups who cheer on the Canaries from all over the world as well as groups who work to promote the Club further here in Norwich. Ahead of Global Canaries Day, we will be meeting more of our fans from around the world.
For more information about our supporter groups, click HERE.