Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 12 edition: FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

Continuing to pick World Cup matches according to what the countries have done for my career as a scholar. The approach does ok because of a spurious correlation: populous & rich countries are likely to have both (1) good performances in international sports and (2) strong universities.

Here are the June 12 matches:

Australia v. Nigeria -- A big thank you to my colleague Barry Williams who hosted my visit to Australia's Bond University. Australia all the way!

Switzerland v. Ecuador -- A big thank you to ETH Zurich. Switzerland all the way!

USA v. Sweden -- USA! USA!

Japan v. Cameroon -- I'm still waiting for my invitation to visit Japan. I even published an article about the country with Daniel Yew Mao Lim. And my students put me on an excellent panel with scholars of Japan back in 2011. So, I am with Japan (but only barely).

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