Countries with better health systems have better football teams
- By: Roger Dobson
When Bill Shankley, past manager of Liverpool Football Club, famously remarked that “some people think football is a matter of life and death … I can assure them it is much more serious than that,” he might just have had a point.
New research has found a link between the health system of a nation and the performance of its soccer team.
If a national team does well, according to the data, the country is also likely to have a good health system. This conclusion is based on a comparison of official football statistics of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) with health statistics from the World Health Organization.
France, for instance, ranks number one in the health league and is second in the world ranking for soccer success. Italy is ranked number six for football and two for health, while Norway comes in at number nine at soccer