And the fans most confident they will win the World Cup are...
A just-released poll from the U.S.-based Pew Global Attitudes Project asked people in 22 nations which team they think will win the 2010 World Cup, now underway in South Africa. There was little surprise that respondents to the poll, conducted prior to the kick-off of the tournament earlier this month, overwhelmingly picked five-time champions Brazil to go all the way. And to add some verve to the results, Brazilians are also the most confident that their own team, lead by manager and former national star Dunga, will win --even without Ronaldinho, who earlier this year discovered he would be left at home during the cup.Other places where self-confidence for a cup win is high include Spain and Argentina. Fifty-eight percent of Spaniards predict their nation will finally take home a first-ever cup (although Spain cast doubts on why it is considered a favorite with a loss to Switzerland yesterday). And in Argentina, 43 percent think manager and former Diego Maradona will add to national victories in 1978 and 1986 (Indeed, Argentina is performing extremely well; the team has currently won two games and tops Group B).
The percentage of fans from other countries who believe their home team will win the World Cup:
- Germany (36%)
- Nigeria (35%)
- France (24%)
- Mexico (23%)
- Britain (20% chose England)
- U.S.A. (13%)
Brazil was nearly as popular a pick in France as the home squad (22 percent), in Britain (18 percent), as well as in the United States (12 percent). Brazil was also the overwhelming favorite among fans in South Korea (43 percent) and China (31 percent).