Do you want to try your luck and invest a pound or more on a winner of the World Cup? People from FiveThirityEight crunched the numbers and figures, budgets and players’ skills to predict the winner. The hosts are given a 46 percent chance to get the trophy, with Argentina and Spain following with 13 and 11 percent respectively. The 2010 champions, Spain, are fourth with a 8 percent chance.
As much as the World Cup is seen as the opportunity for Brazil and its showing to the world, there are much problem and grievances. In this rather satirical, funny, take, a comedian John Oliver “uncovers” the role of FIFA and talks about winners and losers in this profitable game.
Taken on aggregate, Brazil is a rising economy and political actor in the world. Read this Chatham House special on this BRICS country to get a better understanding of its current direction.
According to some estimates, half of the global population is going to watch the World Cup, and the employers and companies are worried about the level of productivity in June and July. Here is the list of some popular books on football if you want to additionally deepen your understanding of the game and its surrounding.
Is there a correlation between the number of football clubs per capita and, let’s say democracy, economic performance, to name a few? This the Economist article brings an interactive map of the football across the world. It is interesting that Scotland has more football clubs than China. Top football nations with most clubs are, no surprise, UK, Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy.
In these photos you can see how life in Brazil looked like in the decade when the country hosted the World Cup, and when bossa nova music genre started to proliferate. TIME magazine provides a beautiful collection of images.