Now that the English soccer team has cleared the hurdle of the last 16 they are due to face Italy in the quarter finals.

But how do the fans stack up? How committed are they to see their national side win?

We earlier looked at the fans of all the teams involved in the finals as reported by the results of an ING survey.

Now we will drill down a bit further and compare the English and Italian fans.

Although the Italians profess to being bigger fans of the beautiful game than England supporters, they were however a little less forthcoming with their money in support of their side.

The survey results showed that 34% of Italians say they are 'big' fans of football compared to just 24% of the English. But nearly 60% of both sets of supporters said they would feel pride if their side won (Italy 59%, England 58%)

Both sets of supporters would be willing to sacrifice two days of their holidays to see their side win through to the title. English fans showed more dedication by saying that they intended to take 3 hours off of work to watch the competition compared to the Italians single hour. Both sides fans were also pretty evenly matched on how many Euros they would be spending on supporter gear, with the Italians marginally ahead with €16 compared to the English €15.

But when it came down to real folding money the English were the most dedicated. The average English supporter would sacrifice €207 to see an England win and 12% of them would give up 1% of their income for the result. Italians though would only sacrifice €167 and only 8% would give up 1% of their income for an Italian Cup win.

"Of course, football matches are not decided by the support of the fans but football matches do play a big part in the lives of many of the team's supporters. Football is more than just a game," said ING senior economist Ian Bright, leader of the project.

"We know that people respond in an emotional way to events. Football exposes some fascinating economics lessons. One of them is the need to control emotions. On the field, sticking to a long-term plan and trusting objective statistics can keep emotions under control and, in the long run, may bring better results. The same can hold true off the field as well."

Table of results:



People who say they are 'big fans' of football



Amount of Euros people are willing to sacrifice for their team to win



Number of holiday days workers are willing to sacrifice for their team to win



People willing to sacrifice 1% of their income for their team to win



Amount of Euros people intend to spend on supporter gear



Hours workers are taking off to watch Euro 2012 matches



People who feel pride if their national team wins



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