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Flash: Switzerland wins World Cup (not that World Cup)

The sixteen nations that made it through the group stage in the 2014 World Cup to the knockout round have been fighting for international bragging rights for the next four years.

But writing last week in the CIPE Development Blog produced by the Center for International Private Enterprise, Anna Dawson said:

“What if, instead of scoring goals to advance, each country won its match-up based on who has the least amount of corruption?”

Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index scores countries based on the perceived level of corruption on a scale of 0-100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means that it’s perceived as very clean. 

Switzerland may have been eliminated from the round of 16 last week in a 1-0 loss to Argentina. But as Anna Dawson told us, “Switzerland fans can take solace after their loss knowing that they win the CPI World Cup!”

Sadly, Dawson’s CPI-based World Cup result turned out to be right about the U.S. – Belgium match. Belgium won their knockout-round game by 2-1. And it won their CPI pairing 75-73.

Based on the current CPI, here are the results from the final 16 nations in the World Cup:

Image courtesy of the CIPE Development Blog.

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Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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2 Comments

  1. If Transparency International rated organizations, I wonder how FIFA would score?

  2. Is FIFA a Swis organisation?


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