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Popularity of Ukrainian football clubs and national team players

Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted a nationwide opinion poll during the period of April 21 to May 2, 2012. 1636 respondents were interviewed; the survey covered all regions of Ukraine (including the city of Kyiv) and Crimea; sample was random and representative for the population of Ukraine aged 16 years and above.

All the respondents were asked whether they were football fans. Those respondents who responded that they were "very interested" or "likely to be interested" in football, were considered to be football fans. Only these respondents participated in the follow up interviews (total number of respondents constitutes 1,636).

Theoretical error for sample consisting of 1636 respondents is 2.5%.

Дані порівнюються з дослідженням КМІС минулого року, яке проходило 10-20 червня 2011 року. В ході цього дослідження було опитано 714 вболівальників (респонденти, які «сильно цікавляться» або «скоріше цікавляться» футболом) віком від 18 років.

The most popular football clubs in Ukraine are: "Dynamo" (Kiev), "Shakhtar" (Donetsk) and "Metalist" (Kharkov):

- 41.5% of fans support "Dynamo", Kiev, in the Ukraine Championship (Premier League)

- 26.8% of fans prefer "Shakhtar", Donetsk

- 7.8% of respondents chose "Metalist", Kharkov

- 5.7% fans support "Dnipro", Dnipropetrovsk

- 4.3% of respondents voted for "Karpaty", Lviv

In the study as of June 2011, these figures were as follows:

- "Dynamo", Kyiv, — 40.4%, "Shakhtar", Donetsk, — 30.4%, "Karpaty", Lviv, — 6.5%, "Dnipro", Dnipropetrovsk, — 4.5%, "Metalist", Kharkiv, — 4.4%

The share of fans of "Dynamo", Kiev, has not statistically significantly changed after the year has passed (40.4% in 2011 and 41.5% in 2012).

Share of followers of "Shakhtar", Donetsk, has decreased over the past year (30.4% in 2011 and 26.8% in 2012) with a probability of 0.92. The comparison of only the adult population data shows a statistically significant decrease of fans with probability 0.95 (30.4% in 2011 and 26.3% in 2012).

The share of fans of "Metalist", Kharkov, has statistically significantly increased after a year has passed (with a probability of 0.99, from 4.4% to 7.8%)

The share of those who support "Karpaty", Lviv, has statistically significantly decrease during the period of June, 2011, to May, 2012 (with a probability of 0.97, from 6.5% to 4.3%)

The share of fans of "Dnipro", Dnipropetrovsk, has not statistically significantly changed during this year (4.5% in 2011 and 5.7% in 2012).

Comparison of 2011 and 2012 among adult population does not change the recorded tendencies.

By the regional distribution:

- FC "Dynamo" (Kiev) has the biggest support in the Central (68%) and Western (51%) regions. In the Southern region of this club is supported by 28% of respondents, and in the East — by 12%.

- FC "Shakhtar" (Donetsk) has the greatest support in the Eastern (58%) and Southern (22%) regions. In the Central area it is supported by 19% of respondents, and in the West — by 13%.


Ukrainian national team players, who have the greatest trust and sympathy of Ukrainian fans are as follows:

- Andriy Shevchenko (44%)

- Alexander Shovkovskiy (31%)

- Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (28%)

- Oleg Gusiev (27%)

- Eugene Konoplianka (23%)

- Andriy Voronin (23%)

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