Brazil is known as the country of football.

But it’s not, at least not according to this interesting study of attendances by Brazil’s Pluri sports consultancy.

An average of 14,897 people go to watch first division matches in Brazil. That puts Brazil in 13th place on the world table, behind countries like the United States, Japan and China.

Germany is first, with an average attendance of 45,083; England is second with 34,604 and Spain is third with 28,400.  More people went to see games in the English and German second divisions than the Brasileirao.

The reasons are varied and have to do with the high ticket prices charged in Brazil, run-down facilities and insecurity in and around stadiums, and the large number of games shown on television.

The top 14 is here. (Country followed by total fans and average attendance)
1 Germany      13,795,286      45,083
2 England      13,149,676      34,604
3 Spain      10,791,927      28,400
4 México      3,877,500      25,343
5 Italy      8,330,161      21,921
6 USA      2,935,882      18,700
7 The Netherlands      5,954,191      19,458
8 France      7,167,940      18,863
9 England (Second Division)      9,969,699      17,899
10 China      4,242,026      17,675
11 Germany (Second Division)      5,266,941      17,212
12 Japan      2,204,074      16,572
13 Brazil      5,660,987       14,897
14 Scotland      3,163,154      13,873