So it’s that time again… FIFA World Cup. Where have these last four years gone? If you’re a female reading this and you’re currently in a relationship then I don’t need to warn you that you probably won’t see your other half for a solid month but hey I’m sure when the tables are turned he’ll wait patiently while you watch your favourite sport of… err, what sport do we ladies like to watch? Dancing on ice!? Is that a sport?
It’s all kicking off though in the world of FIFA – opening ceremony has well, opened, and the bets are in. Who’s going to win? Brazil? Germany? Maybe Spain?
It’s the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world – at the last FIFA World Cup, over three quarters of a million litres of beer were sold in stadiums – 750,000 litres! You could fill 30% of an Olympic sized swimming pool with that amount. Not to mention the 390,600 hot dogs that were sold. Assuming these were ‘foot longs’ – if you lined them up, that would be a 73 mile stretch of one hot dog after the other. A stomach-wrenching and ever so slightly, disturbing thought!
Beer and hot dogs aside, it made me wonder… what is the most popular sport in the world? This specially created infographic shows that football is indeed as popular as it seems – 73% of the 15 countries selected chose football as one of their favourite sports. Amongst these are Australia, France, Brazil, Croatia, Spain, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Japan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
It’s also interesting to see that 33% of countries chose basketball as one of their favourite sports, whilst 27% chose cricket.
What’s your favourite sport? Let me know in the comments!
(This infographic was based on 15 selected countries and the research was gathered from various sources e.g. Wikipedia, government sites, mostpopularsports.net and so on. The top three most popular sports were then selected and from this information, the statistics were formed).
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