Why Losing the World Cup Bid Is a Big Win: A Guest Post

Russia and Qatar landed the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup. Congratulations to them. But has anyone in those countries' bid committees ever heard of the winner's curse?

Soccer and Status

A new paper by Feng Chi and Nathan Yang asks a seemingly simple question: "Is there actually a link between (subjective) social status and wealth?"

A Clue to Referee Bias?

The BPS Research Digest reports that "[a] simple perceptual bias could influence football referees' judgments about whether a foul occurred or not."

Should the U.S. Really Try to Host Another World Cup?

The economic impact of hosting major sporting events.

What Will You Remember From the 2010 World Cup?

Dubner's World Cup memories.

Where Are all the 179-Centimeter Tall Soccer Players?

The appearance of height seems to matter.

Why Does England Lose?

Some explanations for England's World Cup disappointments.

The World South American Cup

A European bias in team rankings?

Chinese Jobs Lost, and Gained

"White Guy in a Tie" events in China.

If I Ran ESPN (or Any Other Network Carrying the World Cup) …

Solving the vuvuzela problem.