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Freedom Futbol: What If The Next 8 World Cup Match-Ups Were Decided By Freedom Scores?

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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

Brazil vs. Chile Marcello Casal Jr/ABr / Via commons.wikimedia.org

Winner: Chile
…but it would be a close game

Netherlands vs. Mexico

Netherlands vs. Mexico Дмитрий Неймырок/Dmitriy Neymyrok/Dmitrij Nejmyrok / Via upload.wikimedia.org

Winner: Netherlands
…and the Dutch would win handily

 

Colombia vs. Uruguay

Colombia vs. Uruguay jkatu / Via Flickr: jikatu

Winner: Uruguay
…..they would breeze past Colombia

 

Costa Rica vs. Greece

Costa Rica vs. Greece MadriCR / Via upload.wikimedia.org

Winner: Costa Rica
…but Greece would have a good showing

 

France vs. Nigeria

France vs. Nigeria globalite / Via upload.wikimedia.org

Winner: France
….it wouldn’t even be close

 

Argentina vs. Switzerland

Argentina vs. Switzerland Gustave Deghilage / Via Flickr: degust

Winner: Switzerland
…an exciting game, but the Swiss would take home the win

 

Germany vs. Algeria

Germany vs. Algeria Rob124 / Via Flickr: [email protected]

Winner: Germany
….an easy win for Germany

 

Belgium vs. USA

Belgium vs. USA Thomás / Via Flickr: [email protected]

Winner: Belgium
….the closest match-up in the round of 16

 

Country Rankings

FIFA & Freedom Rankings

Analyses and recommendations offered by the authors do not necessarily reflect those of Freedom House.

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