AND THE WINNER OF THE 2010 WORLD CUP IS... NEW ZEALAND! Yes, We Know Spain Are Better Than Slovenia. but What Would Happen If the Pla er Values and Population Advanta Es of Ever Orld Up Nalist Were Taken into Account? A Whole New World Order Would Emerge

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AND THE WINNER OF THE 2010 WORLD CUP IS... NEW ZEALAND! Yes, We Know Spain Are Better Than Slovenia. but What Would Happen If the Pla er Values and Population Advanta Es of Ever Orld Up Nalist Were Taken into Account? A Whole New World Order Would Emerge


Are international footballers worth the money? It's an overplayed debate, and if your measure is success in the Champions League, then arguably they are. But what about the World Cup? England, Spain, Italy, Brazil... teams composed of players worth millions. Do these nations, hot tips for victory in South Africa, really earn their corn compared to the lower-ranked nations? Or are they less than the sum of their expensively coached, over-endorsed parts? Our index demonstrates the countries over-or under-performing given their current ranking, size of population and first-team value.

The clear winner is New Zealand, a country with more sheep than people and a squad worth about half a Robert Green (England's goalkeeper). But look at the entire top ten and you'll find plenty of minnows punching way above their weight: Slovenia with just two million souls, most of them into ski jumping; Slovakia - half a country in old money - and Uruguay, a nation that nonetheless has one more trophy than England. …

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