This summer, a unique situation drew a lot of attention in North America just before the 2018 World Cup started in Russia: the joint bid made by Mexico, the United States, and Canada to receive the FIFA World Cup 2026 won against Morocco, the other contender. To my knowledge, it is only the second time … Continue reading Are joint candidatures the solution to excessive costs of major sporting events?
Looking back at the 2014 World Cup, the dramatic match between Brazil and Germany immediately comes to mind. Within minutes, Brazil conceded three goals. Some fans might wonder if Germany had had a winning streak or a “hot hand” that brought them an enormous amount of luck. For a long time, the uncontested view among … Continue reading Statistics: a libero in sports
The net expenditure of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football team was equal to almost 400 million euros over the past three seasons. This amounts to roughly half of the total market valuation of the current team’s players. However, during the last three years, the PSG's winning ratio has increased only from 71% to 79%. Clearly, … Continue reading Are stars as shiny as they look?
Without a doubt, the only sport that manages to both unite and divide a country must be football. While the World Cup succeeds every four years in attracting careful attention and thrill from a whole nation, the Champions Leagues or Premier League will trigger, every year, the same pride and rivalries. However, football is a … Continue reading “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” or how to upgrade your online sports betting experience
The stunning displays of athleticism and the passion displayed by the fans during global sporting events like this year’s FIFA World Cup often give the impression of a great party in a global village that nobody would dare rain on. However, despite the self-congratulation of organisation committees and local officials, some have argued that behind … Continue reading Mega events – Mega debts