The Vultus World Cup

21.06.2018

The 21st Fifa World Cup started in Russia last week, with 32 countries from 5 different confederations will fight it out over the course of a month to be crowned as the champions of the footballing world. At Vultus, we are vouching for Sweden, but of course, we've got our favorites. We have shortlisted 4 potential winners, we will compare their chances to win the World cup along with their agricultural trends reflecting our next course of venture.

4. SPAIN

Ranked as the 10th team on the FIFA rankings, Spain will be lead by Sergio Ramos, one of the best defenders in the world and recent winner of the champions league. They will be able to count among them experienced players such as Iniesta, Koke, Busquets, Isco, Diego Costa, Piqué or Silva. They had a fantastic game against Portugal which ended in a draw, if they correct their mistakes, they will probably be one of the hardest team to face during this world cup.

Ranked as the 15th agricultural country in the world, Spain, among the EU countries, has the second largest proportion of land devoted to agricultural practices, only behind France. The most cultivated crops are Cereals and Olive plantations. Spain is number two in Europe and 8th in the world in area dedicated to ecological crops, according to the agriculture ministry. In 2010, there were 989 900 farms in Spain, that is a decrease of 23.1 % compared to 2000. In the same time, the average size of farm, went from 20 to 25 hectares, this confirms a trend of a drop in the number of farms but an enlargement of the size of the farms.

3. GERMANY

Ranked as the 1st team on the FIFA rankings, Germany will be lead by Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper from the FC Bayern Munich. They will be able to rely on the players who were the core of their nucleus which won the the previous World Cup such as Hummels, Kroos, Müller, Draxler or Özil. Although they lost their first game against Mexico, they will definitely up their game and would be determined to win their next game. With 2nd most world cups won behind Brazil, you can never bet against the mighty Germans.

Ranked as the 20th agricultural country in the world, in Germany, agriculture is not the focus sector of Germany, but it remains politically important because almost 35% of the territory is cultivated, which represents 11.8 million hectares, and all the lands used by livestock and agriculture represent 55% of the German territory, which represent 17.2 million hectares. The major crops is Germany are sugar, wheat, barley and potatoes. In 2010, there were 299 100 farms in Germany, that is a decrease of 25.1 % compared to 2000. In the same time, the average size of farm, went from 40 to 56 hectares, this confirms the same trend as Spain, but Germany has bigger farm than Spain.

2. BRAZIL

Ranked as the 2nd team on the FIFA rankings, Brazil will be lead by Marcelo, a left back playing in the heart of Real Madrid who are the most successful football club in the world and the european champions for the last 3 years which is unprecedented. The team relies mainly on Neymar (the world's most expensive player), that can be an advantage but also a problem for them, we all remember the 1-7 loss against Germany 4 years ago. In their first game, they faced a surprisingly good Swiss team and the match ended on a draw. There is no doubt that they will have to make some changement if they want to take their revenge on the previous World Cup.

Ranked as the 5th agricultural country in the world, Brazil became one of the largest agricultural producers in the world as this country has immense agricultural resources available to it on a territory that represents 8,514,000 km². The major crops is Brazil are sugarcane, coffee, soybeans, corn. In 2011, the average size farm was around 65 hectares in Brazil. This country is very contrasted because very small farm cohabit with large farm. There are around 110 000 large farm (+500 hectares), they represent only 2% of the farms in Brazil but they are producing 40 % of the agricultural output of the country, which makes it a very attractive country for us.

1. FRANCE

Ranked as the 7th team on the FIFA rankings, France will be lead by Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper from Tottenham Hotspur who will exceed the 100 caps during the competition. The French team can rely on its plethora of young players who are the future of football such as Mbappe, Dembele, Tolisso, Hernandez, Umtiti, Pavard, Lemar to name a few. France is the only team among those 4 to have won their opening game against Australia, even luck was with them during that game, they will probably want to repeat the same story as the 1998 french team, 20 years later.

Ranked as the 13th agricultural country in the world, France, among the EU countries, has the second largest proportion of land devoted to agricultural purposes, with 53.2% of the surface of metropolitan France, and up to 75% in some regions. The most cultivated crops are wheat, corn and barley. In 2010, there was 489 960 farms in France, that is a decrease of 26.2 % compared to 2000. In the same time, the average size of farm, went from 42 to 55 hectares, this confirms the same trend as Spain and Germany, and this is even more interesting than Germany because they have more farm in France.

Inspired by an article from the modern farmer on the 2014 World cup.