Love Football : Hate Poverty

For the past 30 days much of the planet will be glued to radios and TV’s as a festival of football unites diverse people from Angola to Australia and from Sweden to Saudi Arabia. Much to my annoyance as I'm not football crazy...

But how do you choose who to cheer for when your own team isn’t playing (or if they didn’t qualify!!!)? What about the coolest flag design (probably Brazil)? Maybe the best holiday destination or food?

Many people will cheer for the underdog - Togo has never qualified before - or because the team contain players from their club team. Or perhaps you go for more political criteria, perhaps by not supporting countries involved in the war in Iraq or with a bad human rights record?
How about supporting the team that gives the most aid to poor countries? Perhaps cheering on the country that spends the most on healthcare? Or booing the country that spends the most on weapons?

WDM have produced this handy tool to help you choose who to shout for when your own team isn’t on the pitch. Just click below on the teams playing in the match you are about to watch and see how they score on ten different supportability criteria. You can find out more about the criteria by clicking on the links on the left of this page.

Once you know who to cheer just turn up the telly, reach for your beverage of choice and shout yourself silly for your new favourite team. Now then is that Alvaro Mesen or Jose Porras that Costa Rica have got in goal… Now choose your teams

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