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 13 matches:
France v. Colombia -- Dear Colombian friends, France has done nothing for me since I studied abroad there in 1992. So you had more than 2 decades to invite me for a visit. And yet, nothing. Vive la France!
Brazil v. Spain -- I've got strong ties to Spain's ESADE, thanks to the joint GEMBA program with Georgetown. But that doesn't compare with Brazil's contributions in the embodiment of my co-author José Cheibub and my co-professor Fernando Limongi (teaching with him at USP). Brazil!
England v. Mexico -- I really appreciate Mexico for inviting me to present my research at CIDE. But England has done so much for me -- co-authors Alastair Smith, Matthew Rablen, and Matthew Gould -- and visits to London School of Economics. England!
South Korea v. Costa Rica -- I continue to have loads of Global KU Frontier Spirit thanks to my teaching experience at Korea University's summer campus. Korea!