Giving up food to be on top

SINGAPORE - What would you sacrifice to see your country win soccer's World Cup? Food for a week, according to a survey that also found fans willing to lose a limb for their team's glory.

SINGAPORE - What would you sacrifice to see your country win soccer's World Cup? Food for a week, according to a survey that also found fans willing to lose a limb for their team's glory.

Fifty-one percent of respondents to the tongue-in-cheek survey of 20000 people who live in North America but hail from countries with teams in the June 11 to July 11 World Cup, said they would starve themselves for a week if that would bring victory to their national squad.

More than 40percent offered to give up dating for a year, while 7percent said they would give up their job to see their country win the title.

A further 4percent were willing to give away a body part.

The survey was conducted by US-based VIP Communications Inc ahead of the South African extravaganza featuring 32 nations.

It found that 93percent of English respondents would give up food for a week to see England win, while 70percent of Italians would give up their job for an Italian victory.

Americans were most willing to sacrifice their homes, while South Koreans were ready to sacrifice their love life.

And the people least willing to make a sacrifice?

The survey found that only 3percent of Slovakians would give up anything to improve their country's chances of victory. - Reuters

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