Nearly half of football fans will watch more World Cup games at home than at pub

This footage shows the moment one lucky football fan was able to enjoy a match at home with his idol – former England manager, Sven Göran Eriksson.

The Swedish football legend paid a surprise house call to Jack Moore in east London, after his friends nominated him as the ultimate fan of the former manager.

Jack and his friends took in some football on TV with Eriksson, who shared his expertise and gave a unique insight into some of his greatest England moments.

It comes as a poll of 2,000 sports fans revealed that almost half (45%) plan to watch more of the upcoming World Cup from the comfort of their home, rather than at the pub.

Top reasons for this include it being cheaper to watch from home (33%), and pubs being too crowded and rowdy (24%).

And 28% simply don't want to leave the comfort of their own home, with 14% saying it is too cold outside.

Of those planning to enjoy the tournament from home, 43% intend to invite family and friends over, and turn it into a proper viewing party.

In fact, almost one in five (18%) believe they have a better set-up at home to watch football than visiting the local pub.

And three-quarters (74%) of the adults who plan to watch matches at home want to improve their home viewing experience – including buying a new TV (11%) and sound system (11%).

The study was commissioned by Toshiba TV, whose commercial director, Bart Kuijten, said: “This winter football season will be like no other.

“We’ve become accustomed to packed fan parks and pub beer gardens during summer tournaments – but with colder days and darker nights, we can see fans choosing to plan watch parties at home instead.

“With a feast of international football on offer, fans are upgrading their TVs, installing smart doorbells to greet their friends, and even buying new furniture to make everyone comfortable.

“The football watch party is going to be the way to watch in the lead up to a Christmas final.”

The research also found almost one in five of those staying at home for games will do so because they’re less likely to have their view of the TV blocked than they would in a crowded pub.

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And more than one in ten know they won’t be available at the exact time of kick-off, so they’re able to watch games on catch-up at their leisure.

It also emerged stocking up on snacks, listening to football podcasts to improve their knowledge, and covering their home in flags, are among other ways viewers want to improve their experience.

On top of this, fans will subscribe to sports channels, buy a personalised football t-shirt, and download Spotify playlists.

The electronics maker also created a quiz so you can find out what kind of football fan you are.

The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found a quarter (24%) of those eagerly anticipating watching the matches expect to watch all 64 games – while 49% plan to view more than half.

One in five hopeful fans are rooting for England to take home the trophy this year, while Brazil (8%), France (6%), and Germany (6%) are also at the top of footie enthusiasts prediction list.

Bart Kuijten, from Toshiba, added: “Our watch party with Sven was a great occasion for our lucky football fans.

“While a home visit from an international manager is a once in a lifetime experience, all football fans can make this tournament a special one from home.”

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