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02/05/2006

Watching football is a costly business. And if you are thinking of following England at the World Cup, you could have to pay out £4,808, new research has found.

According to Cahoot, that would be the cost of getting to all of the games, finding somewhere to stay, paying for food and drink and buying an England top.

With 5,000 England fans expected to see every game in Germany, Cahoot expects those fans to spend £24m in total over the World Cup.

Cahoot Managing director, John Goddard said: “Despite the World Cup being closer to home this year, the cost of following the team is still almost £5,000. Those people who are lucky enough to watch England in every match, including the final, will have a once in a lifetime experience, but this certainly won’t come cheap.

“You would have had to have saved £95 a month for four years since the last World Cup to have enough to pay for the trip and all the matches.”

But even it you don’t go to the matches and only watch the England games in the pub, you could be hit by bills of £232, the online bank has claimed.

The research said that people watching the games in a pub were likely to rack up a drinks tab of £13.50 for every game they watched, and a food bill of £15 a game, and that this would add up to £199 to watch every game. That would be on top of the £33 you’d pay for a shirt and scarf, racking up to a total of £232 for the tournament.

Yet you’d pay far more if you decided to get a ticket to the matches on the Internet. For example a ticket to see England play Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup was recently selling on ebay.co.uk for £597.

Cahoot said that some fans that were planning to go to Germany may have to get a loan to pay for their trip as it would cost them so much, especially if they didn’t have enough savings. It is aiming its fixed rate loan of 5.8% APR on loans of between £2,000 and £20,000 at those fans.

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