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Freedom Futbol: What If The Next 8 World Cup Match-Ups Were Decided By Freedom Scores?
As World Cup soccer kicks off the first knockout stage on June 28, Freedom House takes a look at how teams stack up based on their countries’ freedom scores, as measured in Freedom House’s Freedom in the World index. Costa Rica would advance—to possibly win it all?—while Switzerland and Chile would send Argentina and Brazil packing in the first round of elimination play.
How would your team fare?
Brazil vs. Chile
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…but it would be a close game
Netherlands vs. Mexico
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…and the Dutch would win handily
Colombia vs. Uruguay
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…..they would breeze past Colombia
Costa Rica vs. Greece
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Winner: Costa Rica
…but Greece would have a good showing
France vs. Nigeria
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….it wouldn’t even be close
Argentina vs. Switzerland
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…an exciting game, but the Swiss would take home the win
Germany vs. Algeria
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….an easy win for Germany
Belgium vs. USA
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….the closest match-up in the round of 16
FIFA & Freedom Rankings
Analyses and recommendations offered by the authors do not necessarily reflect those of Freedom House.