Survey Reveals Irish World Cup Verdict

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Ireland may not be represented at the World Cup this month, but we’re still excited about the tournament.  A survey conducted by EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL™ videogame amongst Irish sports fans has found that despite the Boys in Green not qualifying for Brazil, almost 90% of respondents are still looking forward to the World Cup, with only less than 2% saying that they are not interested in the tournament at all.

We’ll be watching…… one third of respondents plan to watch over 75% of the matches during the tournament, while a massive two thirds will tune into at least 50% of the matches.  Almost 88% planning on watching at home with RTE’s coverage by far the most popular choice (65%) amongst fans.

Many Irish fans will be disappointed that Roy Keane will not feature on ITV’s World Cup coverage, as he was the found to be the most popular pundit with 26% of the vote, followed by Eamon Dunphy and Johnny Giles, both neck and neck at 16%.

Remembering iconic Irish World Cup moments, 31% of fans voted Ray Houghton’s goal against Italy to win the opening game in 1994 as our favourite World Cup memory, followed by Robbie Keane’s goal against Germany in 2002 (25%).  Packie Bonner’s penalty save against Romania came in third, with 20% of the vote.

Almost 40% of Irish sports fans expect host country Brazil to win the World Cup, followed by Argentina at just over 20%.  Germany is the most fancied European country taking over 17% of the vote, ahead of Spain at 15%.

It’s a similar story as far as who we’ll be cheering for, with Brazil again taking top honours with over 16% of respondents indicating that they’ll be supporting Brazil.  However, European dark horses Belgium will be attracting a lot of Irish support, with nearly 15% of all those surveyed saying that they’ll be cheering them on, followed by England in third with just under 10% of the vote.

Attracting a whopping 60% of the vote, Brazil also tops the poll for having the most attractive fans, with Spain coming in second a long way off with just over 8% of the vote.

South America also leads the way with our top goalscorer choices for the tournament, with almost 22% of those surveyed predicting that Argentina’s Lionel Messi will be the World Cup’s top scorer.  Coming in second was Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal at around 15%, and Messi’s teammate Sergio Aguero hot on his heels with just under 15% of the vote.

Ireland is split down the middle about our nearest neighbours – just over 51% of Irish sports fans will cheer for England when they play.  37% of us think that England will reach the quarter finals at this year’s competition, with 28% taking the less optimistic approach that they will make it to the last 16.

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