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Football Is Brits' Biggest Passion, According To Study

Football Is Brits' Biggest Passion, According To Study

Football is officially the biggest passion for people living in Great Britain as per a study from eToro.

The finance trading side spoke to 2,000 different adults in a poll and got them to state their passions. Travelling and listening to music came second and third respectively, with cooking and walking also in the top five.

But it was the beautiful game, comfortably the most popular sport in the world, that was the clear winner.

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"Football infiltrates the lives of millions," the description reads.

"So it's no surprise so many get swept up in its rivalry and drama."

Here is the top 10 in full:

1. Football

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2. Travel

3. Listening to music

4. Cooking

5. Hiking

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6. Gym

7. Pets

8. Watching TV

9. Running

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10. Gardening

There really is nothing like football. Your team's result each weekend affects the mood you find yourself is and nothing compares to the feeling of watching a last-minute winner fly into the top bins.

As Bill Shankly famously said, football isn't a matter of life and death - it is much more important than that. For example, a football-related argument between a Boca Juniors supporters and a River Plate supporter in Argentina ended up seeing someone's house getting burned down.

Ahead of the SuperClasico in December, the two fans in Misiones had a bit of beef and then before you knew it one was blazing the other's home because obviously that's the only logical end result.

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Because of violence, the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final last year was played in Madrid and some Boca fans sacrificed work so they could make the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Nicolas Mattera, a member of the Boca Juniors fan club, told Spanish publication MARCA about some of the stories behind one of the most explosive rivalries in football.

"I know people who have been divorced directly as a result of Boca. They were told 'it is Boca or me'," Mattera said.

"There are some who have literally offered us their car in exchange for the flight and entrance to the game. Many people have also left their job to follow Boca or been sacked. They were told they couldn't have the day off and could decide on work or Boca.

"As I said, there are so many stories. Some are giving up their entire life savings to buy tickets and ask to sleep in the gardens of houses."

Football, bloody hell.

Topics: Football News, Football, Premier League, England, United Kingdom

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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