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Globalization and goals: does soccer show the way?

Review of International Political Economy

A very interesting adademic paper from 2005 that has resurfaced in the context of the World Cup: How free circulation of labour in football has improved the game overall, increased inequality between clubs, but on the other hand reduced the gap in strenght between national teams – and what all of this tells us about globalisation.

How Our 2018 World Cup Predictions Work

FiveThirtyEight

Love or hate those World Cup predictions – I, for one, love them when they have a solid methodology behind them. Here’s FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive (yet still easy to understand) description of how they predict not just the World Cup (yay, 2% chance of Switzerland winning the title), but individual matches. The most fascinating part: how they adjust the odds during live matches.