Are You A Football Fanatic?

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You’ve probably been counting down the days to the World Cup 2018, right?

Now with the tournament rolling into the finals, let’s zero-in on a few countries which consist of a football-crazy population,along with a good selection of universities.



This country has the best fans in the world and why not! With five titles, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team. No doubts, football is firmly ingrained as a national passion in Brazil.

Brazil also dominates the league table for universities within Latin America. In the latest QS Latin America University Rankings, it claimed 83 of the top 385 universities in the region.

Top 5 Universities in Brazil 2018:

  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de MesquitaFilho”
  • Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP)



In Argentina, football is a part of everyday life and this single sentence describes their passion about football. Like, the day of the Argentinians does not pass until they watch or play football.

Lionel Messi and Maradona are some of the greatest reasons thatthe country is football crazy.

Keeping that aside, approximately 90,000 international students come to study in Argentina each year. Over 30,000 of these students are from Europe, the US and Asia. The following universities are to be considered among the continents finest:

  • Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Universidad Austral
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires (UCA)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA)



The way of celebration of Mexican football fans is not just unique but also vibrantly attractive. It really feels amazing to see Mexican football fans showing their passion towards football in any stadium.

It is rightly said that Mexican fans are in the stadium to celebrate a tradition and you can call that tradition ‘football.’ That’s how much importance this game holds for the country’s most passionate fans.

Top 5 Universities in Mexico 2018:

  • Universidad NacionalAutónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)
  • Universidad Anahuac
  • Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)
  • Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)



An important part of studying abroad is to immerse yourself in the local culture.

In Germany, there is one national pastime that offers a glimpse into the German soul: FOOTBALL (The king of sports)! While the German team won the World Cup in 2014, league matches brings fans to local stadiums every week of the season. When you study in Germany, there is no way to get around it. Is it?

Top 5 Universities in Germany 2018:

  • Technical University of Munich
  • Ludwig-Maximilians – UniversitätMünchen
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
  • Karlsruher Institutfür Technologie ( KIT)
  • Humboldt-Universitätzu Berlin



Moving on to Spain, the country where football is a religion.For important games, official sponsors usually place giant screens in main city attractions, so that locals can watch and support La Roja (nickname for the Spanish national team, which means ‘The Red One’).

Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two most famousteams in the world and also the most-followed teams on social media. Other than this, Barcelona & Madrid are also home to the country’s five highest-ranked universities. Both feature among the world’s top 50 cities for international studies:

  • University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • University Complutense Madrid
  • University of Navarra



Football has been the most popular sport in the UK since the 1860s, and hence it hasto be engraved in the country’s national culture and identity.

English football teams are also some of the most internationally famed, with 5 of the top 10 spots in a list of the world’s most followed football squads on social media being Manchester United (at 3rd place), followed by Chelsea (at 4th place), Arsenal (5th), Liverpool (8th) and Manchester City (10th).

Of course, the UK is also highly reputed worldwide for its universities, coming second only to the US. Here, we list down the top 5 universities in the UK:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • UCL (University College London)
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London (KCL) 



South Korea is renowned for its football-mad population, while also being home to Asia’s leading universities.

South Korea jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan, the only time the event has been held in Asia, with the South Korean national team narrowly missing out on third place.

The country has established itself among Asia’s leading higher education hubs, with universities like:

  • Seoul National University
  • KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
  • Korea University
  • Sungkyunkwan University

These are the top countries to study abroad for football fanatics, but it doesn’t stop there. We know that studying abroad goes way beyond the classroom. Being the world’s most popular sport; you’re likely to find someone who shares the same interest as yours.

If football is all you can think about, find a university close to your favorite international or league teams, or maybe in the vicinity of an upcoming World Cup host (next up is 2022 in Qatar; followed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 2026).

Here’s to a great #FIFAWorldCup2018!


Last modified: October 27, 2020

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