Online poll: Home is where the heart is for football fans

Most people who are fans of the global game of football have been watching the World Cup games at home on television.

The majority of respondents to the latest Cayman Compass poll, specifically 234 of the 409 participants or 57.2 percent, said they would be viewing games “at home on TV.”

That said, 104 people, equaling 25.4 percent, said they wouldn’t be watching the games anywhere, having selected the option “I hate football.”

Another 53 people, or 13 percent, said they would be viewing the matches in the pub. A very fortunate 11 people (2.7 percent) said they would be “In Brazil. I’ve got tickets!”

The remaining seven people – or 1.7 percent – selected “Other” from the options provided.

One football fan who has been watching the games at home said simply that the reason was that they could view the games “in comfort.”

Someone who hated football and would be avoiding it had some unguarded views. “Soccer blows,” was that person’s definitive view.

Although only seven people selected “Other,” there were some strident views there too.

One particular reader was going to visit friends for their football fix.

“[I will watch games o]n other people’s TV as I don’t have one (costs too high),” explained the reader.

One cheeky but honest fan of football said they would be watching, “At work,” whilst a fellow soccerista who clearly had an understanding employer revealed that they would be watching “TV in the office.”

Someone else – possibly tongue in cheek – noted that they would be watching games at “Northward,” and a final participant said they would be making the experience less of a passive one, by watching the games whilst giving themselves a workout at the gym.

The 2014 World Cup is approaching its third week of matches, with some big names having already exited the competition, including England and, most surprisingly, the current European and World champions Spain, who failed at the group stage to the astonishment of many commentators.

The tournament, which is held every four years, is being played in Brazil this year, in 12 cities across the nation. There are a total of 64 matches and for the first time, the contest has expanded to include 32 of the best teams in the world.

Innovations for the 2014 world cup have included vanishing foam, which is sprayed in order to ensure the defending team is 10 yards from the ball at free kicks, and goal-line technology which uses numerous cameras triangulated to ascertain whether a ball has fully crossed the line.

If so, a signal is sent to the referee to indicate that a goal has been scored.

It is widely regarded that these two new implementations have successfully rid the game of two of its main controversies over the years.

The final game of the World Cup is to be held at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janiero on Sunday, 13 July.

Next week’s poll question

What should Cayman do about Cuban migrants who arrive on our shores?

Welcome them in with open arms.

Give them any and all assistance they need so they can continue on their journey.

Arrest them as soon as they set foot on land and then send them back home.

Prevent them from landing here in the first place.

Other (explain)

To participate, visit caymancompass.com.

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