Nearly half of sports fans admit to being superstitious, with nearly 1 in 5 wearing a lucky pair of socks for big matches. For some devoted fans these rituals are an essential part of the game-day experience
From bananas to sock and underwear rituals, stars and teams have a fantastic array of superstitions ahead of, during and after sports events. Take the quiz and see how many of these traits from the likes of Tiger Woods, John Terry, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams.
Nearly half of sports fans admit to being superstitious, with nearly 1 in 5 wearing a lucky pair of socks for big matches. For some devoted fans these rituals are an essential part of the game-day experience - from sitting in their favorite seat at home or cheering on the team from inside the stadium.
According to a recent study by OLBG.com, 2,000 adults revealed the superstitious rituals they implore in pursuit of success from their preferred sports teams and athletes - which have been found surprisingly creative!
As sports fans around the globe settle in for home viewing, many have unique quirks to enhance the matchday experience.
Nearly a quarter of viewers (24%) are dedicated enough to kiss a badge representing their cherished club or nation before kick-off!
For others, comfort comes first - with nearly one in four (23%) finding safety and joy on "their" spot on the sofa any time they watch live sports action unfold. While 22% or around one in five football fans won't watch a game with certain people: could it be bad luck is catching?
We know that people in the UK love to gamble and try their luck, shown by the popularity of casinos both land based and online casinos but it also seems that people believe in luck when it comes to their favourite teams. Believers of good and bad luck abound, with almost three-in-five (58%) participants in our survey attributing their successes or failures to some degree of fortune. Surprisingly, 10% even credited fate for the victories -or losses –of their favorite sports teams and personalities!
Professional athletes have an array of out-of-the ordinary rituals they rely on to stay in the right frame of mind before competing. From wearing a lucky charm, to eating their favourite meal - superstitious habits abound for many performers looking for that extra edge during peak performance periods.
Have you ever wondered which athletes have peculiar habits to stay at the top of their game? Play this fun quiz from OLBG.com and find out if can spot who needs what - bananas and all, with only a few clues, it's not as easy as you may think!
See if you can be more super than any superstition and work out which foibles belong to which sporting star.
Whether you are kissing the badge, wearing an unwashed shirt or soiled socks, or tucking into Steak and Chips every pre-match-meal, perhaps your superstition is in this list of the top 14 suprtstitious activities, undertaken by sports fans in our survey
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