With the Euro 2012 Championships getting down to the wire, YouGov’s SportsLab invited our football fanatic panellists to share their predictions on which teams will win the semi-finals, and who will prevail at the final match and walk away with the trophy.
We also asked you to weigh in on the debate over whether goal line technology should be used in football; the issue has been revived after referees denied Ukraine a goal against England in Tuesday night's match, even though TV replays suggested the goal had in fact gone over the line.
Finally, participants gave us their honest assessments of England’s Euro 2012 performance so far...
1,769 self-professed football fans from the YouGov panel took part to give their predictions and share their views. Do you agree with their predictions and perspectives? Read and comment below!
Q: Who do you think will win the two semi-final matches?
- A large proportion of you predicted that Spain and Germany would each win one of the semi-finals, and compete against one another in the final match in Kiev.
- Smaller proportions of participants said that Portugal and England would win in the semi-finals.
Q: Who will win in the final, and be the Euro 2012 champion?
- The largest proportion of those who took part in the discussion predicted that Germany would be the big winner in Euro 2012.
- Roughly half as many of you thought that Spain would be victorious in the finals and walk away with the trophy.
Q: Should goal line technology be used in football?
- A massive proportion of those who took part said that goal line technology should be used in football because it avoids human errors, and has worked well when used in other sports.
- The small proportion of you who were against goal line technology being used in football said that the uncertainty about referee’s decisions is part of what makes the game fun to watch. You also said it would put a gulf between top-flight football and the lower leagues.
Q: What do you think about the England team's performance in Euro 2012 so far?
- Many of you said you were pleasantly surprised to see that the England team has exceeded expectations so far.
- Others described England’s performance as ‘average’, ‘dull’, and ‘boring’.