Thursday, February 11, 2010

Worldview: "Soccernomics” and a World Cup Preview

"Soccernomics” and a World Cup Preview
Worldview (WBEZ: Chicago)

The biggest sporting event on the planet is coming up in June. The 2010 World Cup is in South Africa this time around. Worldview will again offer insightful commentary about the World Cup largely I hope from the band of contributors we had last time around.

We’ll have a World Cup blog and probably have an event or two in a soccer related bar before one of the contests. Before the 2006 World Cup, we had a writing contest and the three winners became our main analysts. One of them was Euan Hague. When he’s not watching soccer, Euan is Chair of the Geography Department at DePaul.

Euan sat down recently 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."

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