world cup fans ranking - 2014


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1.Brazil According to The Mirror, Brazilian fans have snapped up more than a million tickets for this summer's tournament. Most of those travelling across Brazil during the World Cup will be natives who are traversing their country to soak up the atmosphere and catch the games. I t's not just the pure numbers that make Brazil's fans the best—they're enormously passionate and colourful, too.

2. Argentina As the second-largest country in South America, Argentina are bound to have a huge following at the World Cup. Most of their fixtures take place in the south of Brazil, too, so they could effectively become home games for the Argentine squad.

3. USA A study from the World Soccer Journal shows that, excluding Brazil, no nation bought more World Cup tickets than the United States of America. Their relatively close proximity to Brazil ensures they will lend their team strong support throughout the tournament

4. Mexico Football-obsessed Mexicans are widely expected to flock to Brazil for the World Cup. Although nine countries have bought more tickets, it's expected that a fleet of ex-patriot Mexicans will arrive from other nations, such as the USA.You won't miss them when they get there: Mexican fans are renowned for their extrovert tendencies.

5. Germany The Germans know how to party. Having purchased as many as 55,000 tickets (according to The Mirror), they'll be sure to embrace the carnival spirit in Brazil this summer.

6. England It is great that around 5,000 official England fans will be travelling to support the team in Brazil this summer. The support they have given the team during the qualifying campaign—both home and away—has been fantastic and this looks set to continue during the World Cup.

7. Colombia Colombia borders with Brazil, and as such thousands of the country's fans are expected to pour over the divide to support their team at the forthcoming tournament. Colombia's strong support and array of attacking talent make them a dark horse to reach the competition's latter stages.

8. Australia According a report in The Mirror, Australian fans have bought more than 40,000 tickets for the World Cup. Their supporters will show real dedication to travel to South America and get behind their youthful team.

9. Chile Chile face a challenging group, but they know they can rely on extraordinary levels of support from their fans. The Mirror says that they've snapped up more than 30,000 tickets to the tournament. Many more Chileans without tickets will doubtless make the relatively short trip to Brazil

10. France France fans are optimistic of recapturing their 1998 glory this summer. Over 34,000 tickets have been sold

to French supporters, and they will inject some Gallic passion into proceedings in Brazil.

11. Uruguay Uruguay, like all the South American nations, will have a significant fan base at Brazil 2014. Uruguay supporters will not allow the injury to Luis Suarez to temper their excitement about a tournament on their home continent

12. Ecuador Ecuador fans will bring an alternative wave of yellow to the shores of Brazil. Their team might not be one of the favourites for the tournament, but their supporters are expected to make quite the impression.

13. Japan There are more than 1.5 million Japanese people living in Brazil, who will doubtless be joined by many tourists to form a formidable support base this world cup

14. Netherlands Wherever they go, the Dutch fans are instantly recognisable. The Oranje supporters live up to their team's nickname by dressing head to toe in orange, in what is one of the most spectacular sights in football.

15. Portugal The Portuguese fans will feel more at home in Brazil than most, simply because of the shared linguistic roots. Portugal's supporters will hope that their idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, stamps his name all over the tournament.

16. South Korea Ever since the 2002 World Cup, South Koreans have been revered for their fanatical support of their nation's international football team. Brazil should be no different: However many Koreans make the trip, their dedication will be nigh-on unmatched.

17. Nigeria For Nigerians, the World Cup represents a fantastic chance for scattered fans to unite in one place. Nigerians from all over the globe will come together to support their team in Brazil.

18. Spain Spanish fans are not great travellers, as demonstrated by the low away attendances in La Liga matches. They may hold the World Cup trophy, but they will not hold the strongest support in Brazil.

19. Ghana Ghana's fans have been some of the most widely popular of recent World Cups. Their singing, dancing and idiosyncratic dress sense have made them revered among other supporters.

20. Belgium This is the most exciting Belgian team for many years, and support for the youthful, gifted squad has swelled. If Belgium successfully navigate the group stage, more supporters may travel out to Brazil to join the throng.

21. Switzerland The Swiss stereotype is that of placid neutrality. In reality, their fans are just as ferociously supportive as any other nation at the World Cup. They will hope to give legendary coach Ottmar Hitzfeld the send-off he deserves in Brazil.

22. Honduras Honduran fans will want to use the World Cup to put their nation on the footballing map. It's not a particularly long trip to Brazil. Having fought so hard to make it to the tournament, Honduran supporters are certain to be eager to enjoy the experience.

23. Costa Rica Costa Rica are one of the smallest teams to have qualified for the World Cup, with a population smaller than that of Rio de Janeiro. However, they'll be determined to show that size doesn't matter. Their dedicated fans will make the relatively short journey south to support their team against Uruguay, England and Italy.

24. Russia Russian fans wear their colours with pride. According to a survey published by Time, their supporters plan to spend as much as €48 each on football merchandise this summer. It would appear that Russian supporters will be easily identifiable in Brazil.

25. Greece Greece's struggling economy is not necessarily conducive to thousands of Greek fans travelling to Brazil to cheer on their team this summer.

26. Cameroon Cameroon fans will undoubtedly make their presence felt this summer. Known for their colourful outfits and jubilant dancing, they will light up the tournament for as long as their team remain in the competition.

27. Italy Italian fans are among the more cynical in football. Many of their supporters are expected to remain at home for the group stage and only travel to Brazil if the team reaches the knockout stages.

28. Ivory Coast This is Ivory Coast's third consecutive World Cup, so supporters of the Elephants will have become accustomed to making long trips to follow their team. African supporters have a long way to travel this summer, but those who do will be among the most entertaining at the tournament. African teams always put on a show both on and off the pitch.

29. Bosnia and Herzegovina This team's fans will do what they can to support their nation at their first World Cup. They're not expected to be there in great numbers, but they're certain to be vocal.

30. Algeria Algeria have been largely written off at the World Cup, but they have the talent to cause an upset or two. Whatever happens, not many fans are expected to be there to see it. The distance to Brazil may prove prohibitive for the enthusiastic Algerian supporters.

31. Iran The passion of the Iran fans can't be disputed, but a cultural and geographical divide means that not many are likely to travel to Brazil. The Azadi Stadium in Tehran regularly sells out its 91,000 capacity, but those numbers will not be replicated in South America.

32. Croatia Croatia's fans are among the most controversial at the World Cup. A nationalistic element has crept in to their fan base, which has damaged their reputation.