SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: FC BARCELONA OVERTAKES REAL MADRID AS SPANISH FOOTBALL MOST POPULAR CLUB

FC BARCELONA OVERTAKES REAL MADRID AS SPANISH FOOTBALL MOST POPULAR CLUB

As we all know a survey is always subjective & open to many interpretations. However, surveys if done well can give insight, reveal tendencies & capture a trend that could be interesting to bear in mind. Spanish Sports daily "AS" has contracted the firm "IKERFEL" to survey Spanish Football spectators in all 20 First Division Stadiums.

The result is that FC BARCELONA is the most popular Football Club in Spain overtaking REAL MADRID : 44 % vs 37%. The firm IKERFEL asked 70 spectators at all the 20 stadiums these questions:

1. Which three team , apart from your own , do they feel sympathy for , or admiration.

2. Which team causes you apathy ( or in the jargon , dislike).


The above graph ( image courtesy of AS) answers the first question with FC Barcelona being the most popular, or admired Spanish Football Club : Blue is 1 ºst choice, Grey is 2º choice...etc


This second graph highlights the results of the second question of which Club do you feel apathy ( or dislike ). Here Real Madrid wins over Barça, with Sevilla FC 3rd place.

As mentioned earlier, the survey is just a survey & open to many doubts & debate.  The last serious official survey done by the public authority "CIS" ( Centro Investigaciones Sociológicas ) was in 2007 & Real Madrid was the most admired. Things have obviously changed since then with the inflow of immigration which tends to follows more FC Barcelona, the lack of titles by Real Madrid in the last years & the "Mourinho" effect have all played a part in this survey.



The end result is that its interesting, may show a tendency & its a news piece that could be  worth a mention especially for the overseas readers. No doubt this survey will cause some talk locally on weather its valid or just a "propaganda" stunt.

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