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World Cup => Euro-Patriotism?

by Atlantic Review Sun Jul 2nd, 2006 at 08:01:58 AM EST

It seems this is the first World Cup with only continental Western European teams as semi-finalists.

Will this increase Euro-patriotism?

Will the Euro gain in value, because all semi-finalists are Eurozone countries?

All Germans are now looking like this ;-)

Are the Portuguese, French and Italians similarly dressed? ;-)

Superfrenchie show more about undressed :).
by Laurent GUERBY on Sun Jul 2nd, 2006 at 12:28:24 PM EST
Yeah, real classy...

(She says while wondering how it is humanly possible to be as hot as those soccer players...)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Sun Jul 2nd, 2006 at 09:00:00 PM EST
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I don't know about all of Europe, but I hope the French get some self-confidence, at least. :) Their game against Brazil was the best match I have seen in this World Cup yet. Zidane was astonishing.

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Sun Jul 2nd, 2006 at 02:23:20 PM EST
Absolutely agree!

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire
by marco on Sun Jul 2nd, 2006 at 08:47:09 PM EST
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There was a story in a recent breakfast claiming that for every week England stayed in the World Cup the UK's GDP got a £100M boost, or something like that. This was from increased consumption of foor and beverages, and of other products due to an improved mood.

So these semi-finals must be great for the Eurozone.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 2nd, 2006 at 06:12:31 PM EST
Interesting to see what makes up that GDP growth we know we must have if civilization as we know it is not to collapse...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jul 3rd, 2006 at 02:05:46 AM EST
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Mirrror declares proudly that English fans drink Germany empty:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17302491&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=beer -we-go--name_page.html

I wonder how many working hours are lost due to the World Cup, i.e. less GDP.
However the World Cup gives an energy boost, i.e. we work more efficiently and productivity increases..

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by Atlantic Review (bl -at- atlanticreview dot org) on Mon Jul 3rd, 2006 at 07:21:25 AM EST
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I cannot believe that the World Cup has anything other than a negative life cycle effect on European GDP, though local spurts are possible.

From a Pan-European point of view it increases nationalism. Hardly the best effect.

Now if you wanted a European effect, you have a World Cup with a European team against other Continental teams - North America, South America, Africa, Asia 1, Asia 2, China. Each team plays all other teams twice and the best two play a final. All teams compete in the nude and must consume a minimum of 1/2 litre pure alcohol before each match. Women are not allowed to watch.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jul 3rd, 2006 at 05:31:44 PM EST
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