Countries With the Most Passion for Football

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Written by Keren Mikva

A Yale economist decided to crunch some numbers to determine which country would benefit the most from a World Cup championship. Economist Dean Karlan used the term “aggregate happiness” to describe his finding regarding the World Cup. Several factors to determine a country’s rankings included average level of poverty, population, and passion for soccer. Passion was calculated based on Google Trends — Karlan looked at how many searches for football there were per country compared to other popular sports. Percentages are based on football’s share of the Google Trend searches compared to searches for the other top three sports in a given country. Here are the World Cup countries with the most passion for football.

Source: Dean Karlan, NYTimes.com, ColombiaReports.co, Sites.Duke.edu, BBC.com, FTW.USAToday.com, PajonalTours.com, VanguardNGR.com, BrazilCultureandTravel.com, FIFA.com, English.Alarabiya.net