Just finished reading Goldman Sachs’s World Cup economics report. It’s a great read for soccer fans and economists alike.

Highlights:

  • The report features odds of winning the tournament and reaching the semifinals using a proprietary model. I will definitely incorporate this into my Fantasy League projections.
  • An overview of Euro 2012 and speculation into who will be awarded the hosting responsibility for World Cups in 2018 and 2022 included great analysis. I agree with many of their findings. I sure am hoping for World Cup soccer in Seattle in 2022.
  • The team-by-team analysis into all 32 World Cup teams was complete and in-depth. However, I got bored by Cameroon.

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