According to a survey of 20,000 of its customers across North America, 90 percent of whom are expatriates and whose countries will play in South Africa, that was commissioned by VIP Communications, a provider of international calling services, 51 percent said they would not eat food for a week if it meant a championship. Forty-four percent said they would not go out on a date for one year; 7 percent said they would quit their jobs; and 4 percent said they would donate a body part.
In response to that particular question, 93 percent of respondents from England said they would stop eating for a week if England won the tournament, which begins on June 11. Italians, to the tune of 70 percent, would forfeit their jobs if Italy defends the title it won four years ago in Germany. But only 1 percent said they would go without food.