The World Cup starts anew this week in Brazil. If the past is any indication, there’s an 83% chance Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany, and/or the Netherlands will make the final. What do these countries have that others don’t?
“Of the factors that contribute, none is, necessarily, a prerequisite,” writes Gabriele Marcotti for ESPN. “But the more of the seven ingredients below you have in your shopping cart, the more likely you are to win a World Cup.” Continue reading…
In other words, you don’t do if for the money.
“The Brazilian World Cup is best understood as a party,” writes Simon Kuper for ESPN. “You don’t host a party to get rich. You do it to have fun, and Brazilians will have fun. Yet there’s something obscene about hosting an extravagant party in a country where millions of people need houses, electricity, doctors. That’s what bothered the protestors.”
Politics aside, there are measurable increases in happiness among a host nation’s citizens, according to Soccernomics. Not unlike the effect a good house party has on a host.
But you can still skimp on a party and have a good time. The problem is, I think the Olympics and FIFA always want a lavish party, even if the designated host can’t afford it.
I snore—loudly, I’m told. My wife knows this. Anyone who has ever roomed with me knows this. This is my story.
The AP explores the phenomenon of Brazilian technobrega – a movement that encourages and exploits pirated music in an effort to promote ticket sales of live show performances. It’s a very interesting read on a country I know and love.
From the article: “‘Piracy is the way to get established and get your name out. There’s no way to stop it, so we’re using it to our advantage,’ explains Gabi Amarantos, who frequently appears on Brazilian TV on the strength of bootleg sales of her CDs (from which artists don’t get a cut).”
Again, if you haven’t already go watch Good Copy Bad Copy like now. Go on. Shoo! It’s really good — though it does contain some explicit language given the coverage of hip hop music and copyrights.