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Germany set to be fans’ second-choice team while 61% of the Irish want to beat England the most - More Euro 2012 stats from Sharp FanLabs

Germany set to be fans’ second-choice team while 61% of the Irish want to beat England the most - More Euro 2012 stats from Sharp FanLabs

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European supporters have voted the Germans as their preferred winners should their team be eliminated from the tournament with 20% of fans set to back them

ANALYSIS
By Will Turner

Germany’s recent performances in major tournaments have seen them both impress and entertain

Defeat to Spain in the Euro 2008 final and a number of fine attacking displays at the 2010 World Cup have seen an obvious upturn in popularity for the Germans.

With 20 per cent of fans, this is the highest figure, putting them ahead of both Spain (17%) and the Netherlands (16%).

However this popularity doesn’t seem to extend to the eastern border of Germany into Poland. 72% of Poles want to beat Germany more than any other team at the tournament.

Poland, though, might be better off concentrating on winning the tournament, 16% of European fans think they might have the most underrated team in the competition, ahead of Croatia (12%) in second place and Russia, Ireland and France joint-third with 9%.

The Irish have shown their desire to put one over England, wwith 61% of fans wanting to beat England the most. However the English seem far more occupied elsewhere, showing their rivalry with Germany (65%).

Ukraine are the least confident nation to win the Euros, with only 31% believing they have a chance of glory this summer. Czech Republic rank the second lowest on confidence with 34% while Denmark are third with 37%.

Finally the biggest surprise comes with 57% of people admitting they would give up sex to see their country crowned European champions this summer.

However 9% would be willing to go a day without, 17% would go a week, 22% have promised a month without nookie, 7% say a year and 2% of people surveyed have stated they would be willing to remain celibate for the rest of their lives!

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