Archive for the ‘Soccer’ Category

“Qatar has been spending €420m a week preparing for the 2022 World Cup…”

August 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21726098-share-clubs-revenues-highest-transfer-fees-have-been-fairly-constant

“The €179m splurged by Manchester City, an English club, on defenders outstrips 47 countries’ defence budgets. “

August 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21726098-share-clubs-revenues-highest-transfer-fees-have-been-fairly-constant

“Last year China spent more than $450m on footballers…Chinese investors shelled out about $2bn on [foreign football clubs.]”

March 20, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/china/21718883-theyd-be-happier-if-they-hadnt-spent-so-much-them-already-chinese-football-clubs-are-struggling

“[Recruiters] show a `preference for potential’. That is, they will choose someone unproven for whom they think glory may lie ahead, over someone who can demonstrate a glorious past.” (Talent versus hard work – – Best or Keegan? [The Economist])

December 15, 2015

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21679803-recruiters-and-investors-think-talent-counts-more-determination-best-or-keegan

I like the way this article frames the question:  “IT MIGHT be described as the “George Best versus Kevin Keegan” question. In their day, each was considered the finest footballer in Europe. But the first was a natural talent for whom the game came easily. The second was less gifted but reached the top through unstinting determination. Which would represent the better signing?”

I’d heard of Best, but don’t know much about him, and had never heard of Keegan.  So, I took at look at a couple of videos.