The FIFA World Cup is now underway with its first match involving host country, South Africa, and Mexico in a Group A match-up in Johannesburg, resulting in a tied score of 1:1. If you still haven’t picked a team to cheer for, there is still plenty of time!
I’ve come across another innovative look at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this time a project by the World Development Movement (WDM).
Offering a fun and different way to look at more serious issues, visitors to the site can compare teams based on their social justice indicators. The indicators include factors such as happiness index, carbon emissions per person, and women in government, etc.
The teams are given a mean score based on their ranking for each indicator and somehow unsurprisingly, the USA came in last. This is due to the country scoring badly for its high carbon emissions, high military spending and high inequality.
South Africa is ranked 28 and oddly, Japan is ranked 14 even though it almost equals South Africa in low carbon emissions per person.
Of course this is all in good fun, but the site does offer a look at issues that I think inadvertently shape and form the spirit of each team (or perhaps more so, the supporters). England is also ranked quite low, but it won’t stop me from supporting my No. 1 team!