With the biggest international sporting event around the corner, it is time to take a look at what one can do with maps and football/soccer. The answer is, not surprisingly, not much, except, perhaps by way of metaphors.
The Washington Post has a map of the world map to look like a football pitch
with little pushpins representing each participating country. Hovering over a pushpin brings up information about that country (population, population under 15, world football ranking and appearances in the World Cup
final). MSN/FoxSports also has a world map of participating World Cup nations.
Clicking on a country brings up an information sheet about that nation’s team and another about the country itself that includes some odd-ball facts (“Duelling is legal is Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.”).