Wednesday, May 26, 2010

>The World Cup and Economics 2010

Welcome to our 2010 book on the World Cup and Economics, our fourth since the 1998 finals in Paris. As always, we present this as a fun piece, your companion to the competition, to be perused before, during and after the event. In addition, it might just give you some new ideas on how to benefit from our exciting, changing world.

We hope the book is as popular as past editions. To aid your enjoyment, we have kept some old favourites and added some new features. Once more, in addition to the work of our prodigious economists around the world, we have contributions from some very famous guests.

We include a very exciting contribution from Adrian Lovett of 1GOAL, a campaign designed to raise basic educational standards dramatically in the emerging world through the vehicle of the World Cup. We are happy to add our name to this effort.

Former South African Central Bank Governor Tito Mboweni discusses the host nation’s chances, aided by the football analytical skills of his nephew! Russian Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov tells us what it is like for Russia not to be in South Africa—and expresses his hopes for a World Cup in Russia in 2018. We also have a very interesting contribution from one of our former partners, Carlos Cordeiro, on why the 2022 competition should be held in the US.

And, to keep it all fair and balanced, Andy Anson, CEO of England’s 2018 World Cup bid, states his case.

We then include a contribution from Kevin Roberts, editorial director of Sports Business Group, who offers his views on the possible hosts in 2018 and 2022. And we have a piece about Euro 2012, to be held in Poland and Ukraine, written by our own Magdalena Polan.

Many of our country pages have been written by guests, including Otmar Issing on Germany, Mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes on Brazil, Edwin van de Sar on the Netherlands, a group of football-loving FX traders on Italy and Tudor’s Angel Ubide on Spain.

In addition to our external contributors, my colleagues from around the world offer their insights into the economies of the participating nations, as well as some football thoughts. And we have a ‘special’ entry on Ireland, which perhaps should be there!

Back by popular demand is a 2010 version of the World Cup Dream Team, selected by you the clients (and GS staff worldwide). We have narrowed down a broad list of 121 players to 11, based on the nearly 3,000 votes submitted, which vastly exceeded the numbers who voted in 2006.
As usual, we also tentatively suggest the likely semi-finalists—always a highly contentious move. We would point out to those annoyed and irritated by our selections that we did name three of the four semi-finalists in 2006 and in 1998 (the least said about 2002, the better)… We complete the book with some interesting World Cup trivia.

We hope you enjoy our World Cup and Economics 2010!

To read the full report: THE WORLD CUP AND ECONOMICS