Champions League Final for Dublin?

After successfully hosting the UEFA Europa League final in 2011, three-quarters of football fans now believe Dublin can form the back-drop for the biggest club competition of them all, the Champions League. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has been voted the tournament’s best player of all time by fans here.

Heineken’s latest survey of UEFA Champions League soccer fans opinions and habits revealed 73% of Irish football followers believe Ireland is ready to host the UEFA Champions League final.

The survey was undertaken by Heineken, Official Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, to celebrate Heineken’s ‘Night of Champions’ on-pack promotion which offers fans the chance to score special UCL prizes on special UCL 12 packs of cans and 20 packs of bottles in store now.

When asked who their ideal football watching companion is, ‘mates’ topped the chart with 67% of votes, fending off football heroes Jack Charlton (5%), Roy Keane (8%) and Eamon Dunphy (7%). Also on the list, but failing to take the top spot, was ‘other halves’ (21%) destroying any notion of a romantic game. The Taoiseach was in the relegation spot with just 2% of the vote, the lowest in the opinion poll.

Lionel Messi has been voted the ‘best UEFA Champions League Player of all time’ in the survey. The Argentinean striker scooped 55% of Irish soccer fans votes, beating nearest rival Zinedine Zidane by almost 38%. Also on the list were Giggs with just 7%, Cristiano Ronaldo (9%), Xavi (2%), Raul (5%), Gerrard (4%) and Maldini (1%).

Heineken’s UEFA Champions League survey reveals:

Beer is refreshment of choice for match day
When asked what the UEFA Champions League final is best served with; a few frosty ones came out as the perfect tipple cementing beer’s place in football lovers’ hearts while a glass of wine poured in at second place. Snacks and soft drinks and came third and fourth respectively.

An Irish side will never lift the UEFA Champions League trophy
When asked would an Irish team ever lift the UEFA Champions League trophy the answer was an overwhelming no (84%), showing a distinct lack of optimism about Airtricity League sides chances of progression in the future.

Nation of couch surfers
A surprising 81% of Irish soccer fans watch the Champions League with another form of media. When asked what items they keep at hand during big games, 43% of those surveyed selected laptops. Also on the list were smart phones (53%) and iPads (4%). With match time social networking and real time games such as Heineken Star Player growing in popularity this is a trend that should continue to rise in the future.

Heineken’s Night of Champions on pack competition is on Heineken’s special UCL 12 packs of cans and 20 packs of bottles, in store now. www.heineken.ie

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