At 76 minutes per day, German fans spend the most time viewing the matches on the net, followed by the Spanish (65 minutes) and the Swiss (61 minutes), says FIFA.
A survey of 5,000 people across Europe also revealed more than two-thirds of Europeans (71%) were planning to watch TV or go online to follow all key matches – whether involving their own team or not.
More than a quarter (27%, comprising 38% of men and 17% of women) were planning to watch at least half of all games, regardless of their own team’s success, it says, adding:
“Spain can pride itself on the highest ratio of fans, with 90% of Spanish respondents saying they would watch at least some of the matches, closely followed by Germany (89%) and the UK (62%).”
Today the 2010 FIFA World Cup will enter the first round of knockout matches with Uruguay and Korea Republic kicking off, followed by USA meeting Ghana.
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