Remember the poll I undertook a couple of weeks ago? The question
was, "Given the choice, would you rather your club team won the
championship/cup or your country won the World Cup?" Well, here are
the (unscientific) results...
(Posted by country of origin...prefer club...prefer country)
England Club to win...22 Country to win...6
Canada Club to win...0 Country to win...2
Australia Club to win...0 Country to win...6
Croatia Club to win...0 Country to win...2
Germany Club to win...8 Country to win...0
Israel Club to win...0 Country to win...2
Brazil Club to win...0 Country to win...2
USA Club to win...0 Country to win...2
Argentina Club to win...0 Country to win...2
Scotland Club to win...5 Country to win...0
TOTAL Club to win...35 Country to win...24
1. Interesting, given the slandering of Englishmen (and women) on
R.S.S. that by far the greatest number of responses came from us.
Yeah, I know this isn't scientific, but if we act like we own R.S.S.,
perhaps it's because we do! :-)
2. Only three countries had entries preferring club to country, out
of ten countries that offered responses, yet in these three
countries...arguably the only three that have really serious domestic
leagues...club victory was overwhelmingly preferable. (n.b. The
seriousness of Brazilian domestic football is most certainly open to
3. At least on the evidence of this poll, football evokes the most
passion at club level in Europe.
4. By and large, the countries that preferred national team success
(Australia, Canada, USA, Israel) have either no real domestic league,
or perhaps leagues that might arguably be called "uncompetitive."
5. And, leading on from question four, fans in countries where there
is a real choice between good club football and good international
football obviously savour their club football more.
--all of which leads to the conclusion that FIFA sold America a bill
of goods! You thought you were getting the big one, but the
Endsleigh League Playoffs are still being held at Wembley...SUCKERS!