How much are World Cup teams worth?

The world cup 2014 is ending and it is time to look back at results and values of the 32 teams. This is a cartogram map we made from data found by way of Forbes. The size of the country is altered by the price of the 23 players on world cup finals teams. The measure is based on estimates of “transfer values.” The transfer value is the ‘estimated’ cost one team would have to pay another team to get the rights to a given player. For Americans think of it like a draft day trade, with money not picks, used to get rights to a player from another team. The top valued team is Brazil at 718 million. There were three teams Spain, Argentina, and Germany worth more than 600 million. and 6 teams in the 400-600 million range. While the top player value is Messi at an estimated transfer cost of 163 million. The US came in at 77 million number 27 on the list with its top field player worth about 9 million, Dempsey. While the least valued team is Cameroon at 24 million.


While the map can be a bit confusing one can see the power of South America and Europe. Looking at the map France in gray is at the middle of Europe, while Portugal is orange and Spain pink to the south west of France. England includes all of Great Briton in this map but not in reality and is green. In South America Brazil is gray while Argentina to the south is Green. The US is red and Mexico is pink. Africa is probably the most confusing to look at but Nigeria is green, Algeria orange, Ghana and the Ivory Cost are pink. Japan is blue and Russia green in the Far East.

Money accounts for a lot but is not the end all and be all just ask England, Portugal, and Spain all in the top ten but which failed to get to the final 16 knockout stage. While Costa Rica, US, Netherlands, were over performers based of team value.

Country 100,000s
Brazil 7182
Spain 6735
Argentina 6545
Germany 6218
France 5551
England/GB/UK 4932
Belgium 4679
Italy 4488
Portugal 3995
Russia 2620
Croatia 2587
Holland/Netherlands 2487
Colombia 2293
Côte d’Ivoire 2076
Chile 2000
Switzerland 1948
Bosnia 1771
Japan 1676
Ghana 1507
Nigeria 1385
Greece 1208
Ecuador 1150
Algeria 1050
Mexico 944
S. Korea 833
USA 775
Australia 611
Iran 543
Costa Rica 518
Honduras 451
Cameroon 244

About Matthew Mulbrandon

I really like maps, as I am a geographer, and with the help of my more artistic partner I make cool maps. My focus in work and education has been centred on urban problems particularly housing and transportation. I have built and am working on several agent-based housing models. I am also interested in developing innovative ways to combat urban congestion using buses and electric kick scooters. Also it has led me to more theoretical pursuits such as how we determine if a model or methodology is sound (epistemology). How individuals relate to their social and built environment and their resulting interactions (social theory). Cities and really all our institutions are made of people with all their issues, virtues, and dreams and cannot be discounted when examining policy or predicting behaviours.

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