Viva la FIFA (Part 2)

Bloomerg Businessweek’s Roger Bennett gives an interesting take on how to pick a team to support during this year’s FIFA World Cup (June 11- July 11).  The article offers advice to the “typical American spectator” on who to support based on each participating team country’s GDP, fan base, on and off-field talent, and more.

I don’t think the tips should necessarily be limited to Americans, as anyone new to football would benefit from reading it.  The article has further piqued my interest in football and now I’m even more upset that I will have limited access to this year’s matches.

I never thought of picking a team based on its country’s credit risks or political turmoil, but it does give some food for thought.  All in all, the article is insightful and offers a different perspective on the World Cup that we don’t often hear about.  I will, however, admit that I do believe having a stylish team jersey has its advantages.

Below are my own picks underlined in bold for which teams I think will advance to the next round:

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France

Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece

Group C: England, U.S., Algeria, Slovenia

Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana

Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F: Paraguay, Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia

Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal

Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

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