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Results of Football Fans Census survey of English fans on how they ranked FIFA World Cup 2010 compared to other major tournaments over the last 20 years.

Results of Football Fans Census survey of English fans on how they ranked FIFA World Cup 2010 compared to other major tournaments over the last 20 years.

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    • FCB Page 61 8/8/10 1:57 PM Page 1 Research 61 World Cup Woe for Fans by Jon Busk The South African World Cup was one of the least enjoyable tournaments of recent times according to a devastating survey of British fans up and down league pyramid. The survey, of over 1,000 fans conducted by the Football Fans Census does not make happy reading for Fifa executives or indeed those at Wembley. Fans were asked to rate their overall enjoyment of the key international tournaments of the last twenty years giving each a score out of ten. Despite the good vibes off the pitch provided by the host nation, the South African World Cup clearly failed to live up to expectations for the fans surveyed - scoring the second lowest rating with 5.6 out of 10. Dull games, bad sportsmanship, refereeing controversy, a ball loved by no one and the constant refrain of twenty thousand plastic flutes all seemed to have concocted a World Cup to forget for fans in this country. As Tim Gentles, MD of FFC observes "I'm not sure we can be surprised by these findings but they certainly substantiate what we all felt in our gut: that South Africa as a footballing performance and vice versa, in the rainbow nation English spectacle simply didn't deliver", Gillingham fan Grant Smith fans had neither. summed up the mood among supporters “This World Cup was spoiled by negative football and a lack of atmosphere in If South Africa will be remembered for one thing then, the grounds caused by the vuvuzela”. perhaps fittingly it will not be a great goal, or a great match or an on field drama. It will be the dreaded vuvuzela after all. The figures do reveal another key determinant in the X factor of an international tournament - the performance of England. The top two rated tournaments in the survey were Euro 96 and In terms of your overall enjoyment, what Italia 90, scoring 8.3 and 7.9 respectively. Both tournaments marks out of 10 would you give for each saw entertaining England sides reach the semi finals and of course honourable defeats to the German nemesis. of the following tournaments (regardless of whether you went to them or watched At the other end of the table South Africa served up a tortuous essay in impotency to England fans and the only tournament them on TV)? faring worse in the survey was the Swedish Euro 1996 Euros – England 8.3 Championships in 1992. The turnip tournoi was rated by fans polled at 5.5 - a shade lower than South Africa. 1990 World Cup – Italy 7.9 The third player in the triumvirate of dissatisfaction at the 2006 World Cup – Germany 7.2 bottom of the survey was USA 94 scoring 5.8 out of 10. In 1998 World Cup – France 7.2 other words, such was the performance of England in South 2002 World Cup - Japan / South Korea 6.9 Africa that fans in the survey enjoyed a World Cup that England didn't actually take part in more. 2004 Euros – Portugal 6.7 Gentles continues "clearly a key factor in fans enjoyment of 2000 Euros - Belgium / Holland 6.3 any tournament is the fate of their team - not just in terms of 2008 Euros - Austria / Switzerland 5.8 results but also the actual performance. If they need it - and 1994 World Cup – USA 5.8 one hopes they don't this is evidence aplenty for the FA of England’s African failure in the eyes of the fans." 2010 World Cup - South Africa 5.6 That said clearly fans enjoyment of tournaments is not 1992 Euros – Sweden 5.5 mortgaged solely on England’s performance. France 98 and Germany 2006 clearly served up more entertaining fare for fans here despite average performances from the national Football Fans Census, The Media Centre side. Both scoring ratings of over 7 and both tournaments 19 Bolsover Street, London, W1W 5NA yielded good football and drama on the pitch throughout the Contact: Tim Gentles stages. Email: tim@footballfanscensus.com The bad news for Fifa and the FA then was that South Africa was the perfect storm of a World Cup. Whereas an Phone +44 (0) 207 665 4127 entertaining tournament can cancel out a bad England Web www.footballfanscensus.com