It’s Friday again, and that uneasy feeling rising in your belly is most likely because Friday means it’s Dotmund‘s World Cup preview day here on Twohundredpercent. This week, he’s been looking at the fortunes of the host nations of the tournament.
Until someone figures out how to astroturf the moon and stop the corner flags floating away, all major sporting events have to take place somewhere. And when you have somewhere, you can rest assured that someone already lives there. The host nation and the home advantage are here to stay.
Arguably, for the game of football, it shouldn’t make a great deal of difference. Many stadia in the world are identikit constructions, and the dimensions of the field of play and the equipment to be used are rigorously stipulated. Nevertheless, time and time again, it tends to make a positive difference. Put simply, being the host nation of a World Cup tends to get you further into the competition.