Tag Archives: Soccer

How team USA would look without immigrants

The melting-pot nation loses Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, whose parents were born in Haiti; Tim Howard, whose mother is Hungarian; AZ striker Aron Johannsson, who was born to Icelandic parents in Alabama; and Rosenborg Trondheim midfielder Mix Diskerud, who was … Continue reading

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Your Birth Month May Determine Your Chances Of Playing In The World Cup

I analyzed the 736 players in this years world cup: ~30% are born in the first quarter, while only ~20% are born in Q4. So why is this so? Here’s what author Malcolm Gladwell said to ESPN (about similar skewness … Continue reading

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Spoiler alert: 2014 FIFA World Cup winners predicted by bookmaker consensus rating

A new Econ paper predicts the FIFA 2014 World Cup winners. The technique used correctly predicted the EURO 2008 final, with better results than other rating/forecast methods, and correctly predicted Spain as the 2010 FIFA World Champion and EURO 2012 … Continue reading

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