The Economist tried to respond with a bit of data: wealth and passion for football come into play, but there are also things that can be taught. In the world, there are at least 130 countries with a larger population. Yet Uruguay has won two World Cups, in 2010 it reached the World Cup semi-finals, and in 2011 it won an America’s Cup. You can now grab the liverpool vs man city tickets also.
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In his own small way, Iceland to have done the same thing, with the 330,000 inhabitants it is the nation with the least inhabitants ever to have qualified for a World Cup. Like so many others before, the Economist he wondered why such small countries are able to have such good results in a sport that is played practically anywhere in the world, and why there are larger or richer countries that would like but fail. For example, why does China, which has a billion and three hundred million inhabitants and on football seems to want to bet a lot, failed to qualify for the World Cup?
- The Economist began to look for data and to make accounts, and he elaborated a statistical model that identifies what makes a country strong in football. The aim, therefore, is not to predict which