“Soccernomics” and Preview of World Cup

June 8, 2010

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The biggest sporting event on the planet begins this Friday. The 2010 World Cup is in South Africa this time around. We'll continue our tradition of offering insightful commentary about soccer and the World Cup from the band of contributors we had last time around.

Before the 2006 World Cup, we had a writing contest and three top winners became our main analysts. One of them was Euan Hague. When he's not watching soccer, he's chair of the geography department at De Paul University.

Euan sat down in February to talk with Simon Kuper, a sports writer for the Financial Times. Kuper co-authored a new book Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey and Even Iraq Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport.

Below you can find the clips Euan refrences in his interview with Simon Kuper:

Edwin van der Sar saves Nicolas Anelka's penalty:

Manchester United 3 West Brom 5 (1978 game):

France v. Brazil 1986 World Cup quarter final (Platini misses penalty at 2:50 mins):

2002 Germany v. USA World Cup quarter final (handball incident at 1.49-2.20):

Manchester United v. Real Madrid (Redondo move):