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 9 matches:
France v. England -- I studied abroad in France and learned the language. And yet the French universities have snubbed me ever since. I wish the Brits would get over their parochialism and play as a unified country. But England still has done plenty for me, between my co-author Alastair Smith and my wonderful visits to the excellent London School of Economics. Go England!
Brazil v. South Korea -- Loved teaching at Korea University's summer campus back in 2009. But between my co-author José Cheibub and my co-teaching with Fernando Limongi at USP, Brazil has done way more for my career. Brazil!