The remaining match-ups are intriguing. Argentina v. Germany presents a case of a current economic giant versus a former economic giant. Uruguay v. Ghana gives us a middling Latin American micro-country vs. a poor African one. With the Netherlands v. Brazil is the case of a David v. Goliath (Brazil leading on numbers, but Netherlands with a far richer population). Finally Paraguay is the ultimate David v. Spain, with an economy 100 times smaller!
Remember though, on the pitch, the numbers don't matter!
|(m)||($Bn)||(US 000s)||(%)|| |
|All Qualifiers Average||42.0||830.9||21.16||93.1||74.2|
All data is compiled from the World Bank Development Indicators for 2008, except for literacy rates which are from the UNDP 2009. For the overall averages of all qualifiers, the highest and lowest numbers were excluded from the calculation.
Now after you read, please enjoy the two music videos of the World Cup anthems. The first is by Shakira ('Waka Waka') based on an popular Cameroonian song (based itself on military chanting).
The second is by K'naan (Waving Flag), a Somali-Canadian artist; this one is the Arabic version with Nancy Ajram.