The World Cup of Everything Else

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The Brazil World Cup starts tonight, if we can see any of it past the massive arse of aptly-named Brazilian frontman Hulk. I think he frequents the same gym as former star Ronaldo; that is, one that is a front for a pasty shop.

Mate, it's 2014. And I'm afraid not only did Brazil not win it in 2010, but they actually didn't win it in 1998 either. Lesson" don't rely on Wikipedia. Oh and the Ronaldo impression needs work too.

Mate, it’s 2014. And I’m afraid not only did Brazil not win it in 2010, but they actually didn’t win it in 1998 either. Less Wikipedia and more paying attention please. Oh and the Ronaldo impression? Needs work.

As a football nut, I am a little beside myself just now. Less nutty about “soccer” perhaps, the Wall Street Journal has nevertheless put its emotional detachment to good use by creating a marvellous interactive info graphic. It shows how the tournament would play out if countries competed against each other on various different demographic and geographical statistics. Have fun with it (if the link works).

A few tasters:

  • Belgium wins on Biggest Urban Population (an incredible 98 per cent of the Belgian population)
  • Japan has the Most Forest (67 per cent of total land area) of any World Cup nation
  • Iran has the highest inflation rate at 35.2 per cent (they would beat Ghana in the final).
Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea: the Sea Organ, in Zadar, Croatia. Will in roar in an unlikely Corluka screamer?

Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea: the waves makes music through this piece of seafront architecture, the Sea Organ, in Zadar, Dalmacija, home of my in-laws (and Luka Modric). Will the Adriatic roar in an unlikely Corluka screamer this summer? Or a peach from Nikica Jelavic? Probably not …

And having married into a Croatian family, and with a son called Tomislav, I wish Luka Modric and the lads the best for the tournament. Croatia didn’t, however, make it onto the smorgasbord of wastrel bets I placed on the tournament last week. I’m prepared to share what they were if I win any of them.

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About Simon Riley

Qualitative researcher in the UK. I listen to people from all walks of life and think about what it all means. I work for leading brands, media companies and government.
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