That’s what the Germans think about the World Cup in Qatar


Von anticipation of the football World Cup in Qatar has not been felt publicly so far. In the previous week, a poll by ARD attracted attention, which stated that 56 percent of Germans did not want to watch World Cup games on television. 50 percent of them named their general disinterest in football as the main reason. The trend of the survey is clear: a few days before the start of the tournament on November 20, Germany seems to have pulled away from the World Cup in Qatar averted.

But what do German football fans, the actual target group of a World Cup, think as a whole about this politicized World Cup, which in Germany is heavily influenced by moral, social and political questions in the run-up to it?

A representative survey by the Nuremberg consulting and market research company SLC Management, which is available exclusively to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, shows that interest in the World Cup among football fans is stronger than the last publicly drawn picture suggests: 75.1 percent of Germans Fans want to tune in at the World Cup in Qatar. 13.9 percent want to see all games, 41.7 percent selected games from all teams. 19.9 percent want to concentrate on the games of the German team in Qatar. But 24.9 percent also state that they will not be involved in the World Cup at all.

One thing is clear: at no other World Cup tournament in the recent past have the sporting aspects receded into the background so clearly in the days leading up to the start of the tournament as before Qatar. Even the dress rehearsal of the national team this Wednesday at the last international match before the World Cup in Oman (6:00 p.m. CET, in FAZ live ticker for the national team and at RTL) is in view of the debates about the conditions in Qatar and in the International Football Association (FIFA) receded into the background.



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