Soccer-mad superfans have themed WEDDINGS and named kids after players to show their support for their team, study finds

FOOTBALL fans have shown how they show their love for the beautiful game – including banning opposing teams’ colors from their homes, watching 100 hours of matches a year and naming children after players.

The survey of 2,000 football-loving adults found their obsession has caused them to be sick at work so they can watch important games and book their vacation to avoid game days.

Snickers has teamed up with Ross Kemp to create


Snickers has teamed up with Ross Kemp to create “Matchday Reminders” designed to help fans remember important thingsPhoto credit: Rob Knight

Tattoos, football-themed weddings, and personalized car license plates are also ways fans show their affection for their favorite team.

More than half (51%) even admitted that their involvement in football has caused them to forget important things – like anniversaries and birthdays.

And when it comes to Christmas shopping or other celebrations, 31 per cent admit it won’t happen until all of this winter’s internationals are over and dusted off.

Even then, 84 percent said that their thoughts were immediately directed to restarting the domestic league.

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Snickers, which commissioned the study, has partnered with Ross Kemp to create personalized “Matchday Reminders” to help fans remember important things while their minds are elsewhere.

Ross Kemp said: “Like most fans, for 90 minutes the beautiful game and my team come first.

“It can cause some of us to forget the other important things in life that our friends and partners have asked us to do.

“Like putting dinner in the oven, feeding the cat, walking the dog, doing the dishes and – oops – picking up the kids.

“Turning a new page as the culprit, I will be sending matchday reminders to other fans to keep them updated on their game and the washing up – and to make them laugh too.”

The study also found that 38 per cent of respondents are self-proclaimed football obsessives – who typically spend 28 minutes a day thinking about it.

Their love of football dates back an average of 17 years and most often began when they were taken to a game as a child (40 percent).

But while 79 percent believe their love of the game is healthy, it can sometimes have its downsides.

Seven in 10 (71 percent) are so in love with the sport that their minds are known to drift away, when perhaps they shouldn’t.

Such cases include job interviews (12 percent), marriage (12 percent) and the birth of their children (11 percent).

That could explain why the study, conducted by OnePoll, found that 38 percent consider football or their favorite team their “true love.”

A spokesman for Snickers said: “Research proves that football is a big part of people’s lives.

“Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching a game this winter international season.

“We launched Snickers Matchday Reminders special packs to help fans remember there’s a world outside of the game, even if it’s just for the time it takes them to shut the latch.” meal.” Soccer-mad superfans have themed WEDDINGS and named kids after players to show their support for their team, study finds


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