When it comes to picking bets on the World Cup 2014 most punters will go with obvious methods of looking at form from qualifying and performances at recent major tournaments (which are covered on each team page on this site) but what if we look at less obvious ways of ranking the teams?
In club football for many years now the biggest spenders have often been the most successful teams. But how do transfer fees relate to success at international level? Will the teams with the most expensive, therefore usually the better, players go further at the World Cup? The infographic below examines ‘Can £261.1m Buy The World Cup?”
The World Cup 2014 is played out, using the real World Cup draw, with the most expensive team winning each group and the second most expensive team finishing runners up in the group. Each team then follows the pre determined knockout phase draw, once again with the most expensive team coming out on top in each game.
The infographic also highlights many other ways of ranking the teams at the World Cup including the teams with the most players involved in this season’s Champions League, the teams with the best and worst records in World Cup penalty shootouts and the teams who have performed best in previous World Cups held in North, South or Central America.