We didn’t win but the World Cup was still a success for England, according to the data

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This year’s FIFA World Cup has arguably been one of the most unpredictable tournaments to date.


Prior to the start of the tournament, statistical models predicted that France had a 1 in 10 chance of winning the World Cup and only 4% of the public thought France would win. The public’s confidence in an England win stood at 3%, which is somewhat unsurprising given how much England’s chances were played down by the UK press and sports pundits.


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The significant concern raised about fan safety and reservations around Russia hosting the World Cup also contributed to a less than optimistic outlook from fans in the UK and a lack of commitment to following the tournament. 23% of UK adults said they would decide spontaneously to watch the live matches, according to Statista.


Exceeding expectations


England may not have made it to the final but their continued success on the pitch during the tournament created a feel good factor across the nation, extending beyond core football fans, with some incredible outcomes that defied pre-World Cup expectations:



Let’s hope England can match the success on the pitch as well as off in the next FIFA World Cup. Only another 4 years to wait…


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