Which country did you support after your team was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup ?
A Facebook survey on support and rivalry during the FIFA World Cup has shed light on how supporters switched allegiency after their teams were knocked out of the tournament.
Supporters of the host nation had the biggest conundrum as to who to support after they exited the tournament in the semi-finals. After their humilating defeat, the first in at home in a competitve match since 1975, who were fans to support for the final ? Germany – who thrashed them 7-1 – or hated rivals Argentina. Fans chose Germany. Seventy—three per cent supported the Europeans for the final against 27% for their neighbours, definitely a case of anybody but Argentina.
People expressed their support in different ways, says Facebook, by sharing that they were watching a certain game and choosing one of the two teams’ flags in their post, through an online poll the social network ran globally on its Trending World Cup page, and by sharing expressions like “Go Team USA”, “Vai Brasil” or “Allez les bleus!”.
After the French fell to their neighbours in the quarter finals more than one-half of the support migrated to Germany over Brazil in the semi finals.
After England’s poor showing in the group stages, the majority, 18%, got behind Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA outfit, the remainder among a host of other teams including Brazil, 13% Colombia, 15% and Holland 11%.
Facebook also looked at from where certain countries derived their support. Argentina, for example, got 78% of its supporters from home, 11% from the US, 4% from Brazil and 2% from Mexico.
Costa Rica, one of the surprise teams of the tournament, who managed to progress from the Group of Death with three former winners of the tournament, drew the majority of their support from the US, 49%, with only 17% coming from the country itself.