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    Story highlights

    • Nothing more thrilling than seeing your team lift the trophy at end of season
    • But are you still a fan if you can't get to the stadium?
    • Location, limited seating and insufficient disposable income can be barriers to going to games
    • Companies and brands working on bridging gap between teams and fans

    (CNN)Sitting in his front room in Johannesburg, Neven Murugan -- a die-hard Manchester United fan -- was working on his computer with the game of his favorite team in the background.

    Thousands of miles away from the Old Trafford football ground, he often rescheduled his weekends to make sure he was able to catch his club on TV, something he'd done since he was a child.
      It was the closest he could get to seeing them live. As he looked up from his computer, he saw Paul Scholes passing the ball to Ryan Giggs, who immediately let it fly into the back of the net.
        Following a muted celebration -- jumping and air punches included -- Murugan quickly realized how disconnected he was from the team he loved and its fellow supporters.