Our poll results are in.
As the world’s largest new media football community, Goal.com is uniquely placed to gauge the opinion of fans around the world using its network of 22 editions and 15 million unique monthly users.
Of the 69,162 that took part, 20.47% feel that Vicente Del Bosque’s side can follow up their European Championship win two years ago with the ultimate accolade in world football.
A total of 10 of the 16 nations quizzed, including Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Italy and the UK, tipped Spain to secure the FIFA World Cup Trophy, though the nation's fans themselves were less sure, voting Argentina slightly ahead of Del Bosque’s men. Meanwhile, Indonesian fans backed Italy for victory, a feat supported by fans in the latter nation itself, while fans in the Netherlands believe their squad can return as world champions despite underachieving in recent times,
Dunga’s reorganized Brazil side came second with 16.08% of the vote, and South American counterparts Argentina were third with a 13.79% share despite doubts about Diego Maradona’s managerial credentials.
Other sides with a notable number of votes were Fabio Capello’s England, whose chances were seemingly dented with the loss of captain Rio Ferdinand, in fourth with 12.78%, and Netherlands who received 10.04% of votes in fifth.
Reigning world champions Italy received a lowly 8.65% of users’ votes, whilst fellow big names France and Germany garnered just 5.28% and 5.14% respectively.
Goal.com Chief Content Officer Michael Simpson said: “The great thing about this poll is that it demonstrates a great unity in thought amongst football fans throughout the world. One would think that cultural identity would overshadow objective judgement, however football fans take the game more seriously than themselves."
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