I love you! Asia's English Premier League passion grows and grows

More than 95,000 fans turned out to watch Liverpool's friendly in Melbourne, the second biggest for a football match ever seen in Australia. In Bangkok, motorbike taxi riders showed loyalty to Manchester United by charging 200 baht ($6.40) for passengers headed to watch the Red Devils.

updated: July 26, 2013 10:27 IST
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Jakarta: It started as a crush in the 1980s and became a steady relationship -- but wild scenes show Asia's love for English football is not just passionate, it's getting stronger.

While Asian ardour for the English Premier League has long been known, the unbridled affection seen during this year's pre-season tours has stunned even seasoned observers.

Rock-star welcomes from Vietnam to Australia. Screaming fans at every hotel and photo-shoot. Sold-out arenas across the region and thousands paying just to watch their heroes train.

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