• Recent survey, Hattrick Global Football Voice, revealed that England 57% of fans were keen to introduce Goal-Line technology, before this week’s favourable decision!
• Over 30,000 fans from over 25 countries took part in annual poll during UEFA Euro2012
• Football fans are supporting the Germans to win...even the English!
England fans breathed a sigh of relief this week after a controversial decision contributed to their progress to the Quarter Finals of Euro2012. John Terry cleared the ball off the line in the game against Ukraine but TV replays revealed that the ball had crossed the line, despite the anonymous fifth official standing on the line, less than five metres away.
Hattrick, the free-to-play online real time football management game, today announced the results of its annual Global Football Voice Survey* which found that 57% of England fans are seeking the introduction of Goal-Line technology, although these responses were recorded before the recent controversy ignited by the decision and the change in England’s fortune.
The authoritative annual poll, one of the biggest in football, captured the upfront views of over 30,000 football fans from over 25 countries across the Globe including all those countries taking part in Euro2012, and revealed passions, views and verdicts on the beautiful game from fans and aspiring managers.
The Hattrick Global Football Voice Top 11 Results:
1. Goal-Line Technology
It’s still THE talking point in Europe with 49% of all fans polled wanting to see its introduction even before the incident between England and Ukraine. The Italians and the Dutch are particularly keen with 71% voting for its development. Although the Germans don’t agree, 49% want to see the removal of bookings for players who celebrate goals by taking their shirt off! The Swedish would also like to see stricter refereeing on players diving (63%).
2. Best Fans for Atmosphere
Football supporters still love the Irish fans, despite legend Keane’s comment about coming for a ‘sing-song’. Overall, Ireland came out on top with 26% of respondents saying they credited the best atmosphere in the group stages. The Dutch came second, thanks to their bright fancy dress no doubt.
3. Football fans support the Germans...even the English!
39% of respondents think that Germany will be victorious in Poland and Ukraine – amazingly, even 46% of competitive English fans agree Löw’s men will lift the trophy. Every country predicted Germany will take the title, except the Spanish who think they are still in with a chance (55%) (although Germany was their second most popular choice with 27%).
4. Domestic Football Wins
57% of respondents are still more passionate about domestic rather than International football, despite current interest in Euro2012.
5. Yes to Player Wage Restraint
48% of football fans would support a salary cap if introduced, as club debt is a worry for fans. Not surprisingly with the influx of cash being put into the Russian game, a third of Russian fans (32%) don’t care what the players are paid, more than any other country, as they only want to see the best in their own league!
6. No to a European Super League!
The idea of a European Super League has been talked about for a number of years and a meeting was alleged to have happened with FIFA this summer. Football fans across Europe are against a European Super League with over half (55%) of fans voting against such a league.
7. TV Threat to Match Day Crowds
The number of games live on TV dramatically affects fans going to stadiums, with 30% of fans voting this as the main reason they don’t go to every game! Fans watch games on TV the most in Russia (52%) and the least in Germany (25%).16% also admitted to streaming games on their laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
8. Money Money Money
Swedish football fans pay the most for football per year, with a third (30%) of their respondents spending over 500EUR per year on football. French fans however are spending the least with 93% of their fans spending less than 500EUR on football every year.
9. Fans Rated Russian Chances
Football fans surprised at Russia exit as 19% of fans picked the Russians to surprise us at Euro 2012.
10. Top of The Team Sheet
Mesut Ozil is tipped to shine in the quarter finals and the rest of the tournament with over a third (36%) voting him the one to watch. Spain’s Xavi was a close second with 32% of the votes .
11. Spain get social during games
The Spanish like to tweet and post comments on Facebook while watching games, one in five (18%) admitting so, closely followed by the English and Turkish (both 14%). The Russians are the least social with only 3% monitoring feeds. Sweden like to multi-task during matches, with 12% saying they play video games while the games on.
Johan Gustafson, founder and creative director at Hattrick, said: “Our annual Global Football Voice Survey is all about airing the fans’ views and looking at the passions and burning issues which will shape the future of The World’s Biggest Sport.”
Hattrick.org is one of the most vibrant football communities in the world, with more than 700,000 active members. Unlike mainstream Fantasy Football games, Hattrick players manage completely fictitious clubs with unique self-created players. The Hattrick manager controls everything from the training regime, scouting for new players, managing facilities and general running of the football club. The online Hattrick game is operated in 52 languages, across 128 countries and allows managers to create their own club, build a team and compete against thousands of people from all over the globe in real time.
To play the Hattrick game, head to www.hattrick.org or engage on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheHattrickGlobalFootballVoice and Twitter @hattrickvoice
*30,000 Hattrick users were surveyed on 18th June 2012 via Survey Monkey. Over 25 nations were surveyed included England, Germany, Spain, Romania, Turkey, Croatia, Russia, Hungary, Poland, France, Italy, Sweden, Holland and Portugal.
For further information please contact Kirsty O’Connor or Matt Peden at Hatch Communications on 01943 855 630 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
Hattrick.org is a free football manager game where the player act as the owner and manager of a virtual soccer football club, creating strategies for scouting, training and match day coaching. With over 700,000 users in more than 120 countries, it's one of the most international web game communities around, with many players having been with the game continuously for more than a decade.
Hattrick was founded in 1997 and will celebrate its 15th Birthday in August 2012. The company was recently acquired by Zattikka plc, the interactive games entertainment group, listed on London’s AIM stock exchange (Stock Ticker: ZATT)
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