Survey: Cubans Rooting For Brazil in 2018

According to a recent CET Survey, Cubans are supporting Brazil to win the 2018 World Cup, they believe Lionel Messi is the best player in world, and Barcelona is the most popular club team amongst Cubans. 

(Pilar Olivares / Reuters

(Pilar Olivares / Reuters

The 2018 World Cup has brought “futbol fever” to Cuba once again. Millions of Cubans spend the mornings and early afternoon tuning in to the first-round matches, while using time in between games and the evenings to debate with friends – either on Facebook or the neighborhood street corner – over the players that look strongest and which team will take the cup. Somehow, the conversation nearly always includes or ends with arguments over the Cristiano-Messi comparison and the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry.

With Cuba on the sidelines once, Cubans roam the streets and frequent cafes and sports bars with the jerseys and flags of several nations. Many sport attire from the Spanish League or country colors, leaving clear who they are throwing their support behind. Cuba Educational Travel recently conducted a survey of 125 Cuban soccer fans to find out what nations Cubans are supporting, who their favorite players are and who they believe will take the 2018 World Cup, amongst other things.

The results are in and shed some light on one of the most common debates amongst youth on the island, including whether Cuba will ever make it back to the sport’s most important event.

Who do you think will win the World Cup 2018?

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Who do you want to win the World Cup 2018?

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Who is your favorite current player?

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Who is your favorite team?

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How long have you been following soccer?

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When will Cuba next participate in a World Cup?

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*The survey has a 90% confidence level with margin of error of 7. 47% of respondents have followed international football for more than 10 years, 29% between 5 and 10 years and the remaining 24% have been following for 4 years or less. 63% of respondents were male and 37% female. 49% of respondents were between 21 and 30 years old and 30 percent between 31 and 40 years old.

Collin Laverty