Beneficios del Futbol

Benefits of Football (Soccer)

One of my first university courses in this country was a history course (U.S. History) at Orange Coast College. No erar a regular class; was designed especially for foreign students, but also among us were native students, ie born in this country.

The teacher asked a question about the contributions that we, the immigrants-not only as individuals but as a national group and / or cultural-could provide the United States.

In the group were students of Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Spanish, and Polish descent, of course, Bolivia. My companion noted Mexico’s culinary exquisiteness of his country and the benefits of the U.S. economy. A Korean student talked about the customs and manners of Asian society with the elderly. He told us that it was a shock (surprise) to see and hear young Americans discuss and respond to their parents in a rude manner.

When it was my turn to answer, did not know really what to say, even though the question had been formulated at the beginning of class. The only thing I think of is mentioning about the football (soccer) because in Bolivia, as in the rest of Latin America, is the sport that is practiced.

I argued that football is a game that is not only good for the health of the body, but also provides substantial benefits for the economy of a country. Initially substantiate these arguments in my class are also valid in the 2014 World Cup, which takes place in Brazil.

The costs that the Brazilian government set aside in the construction and renovation of sports fields were substantial. It is estimated that about 14,000 Brazilians invested million.

Some social groups rallied at the start of world soccer tournament and intend to do so again, claimed that the money could have been used better in other social areas such as education, housing, health, among others.

These arguments are valid, but they also have their limitations. In the new global economic situation, the state should not become a benefactor of society entity without a hint of responsibility by citizens. Otherwise, we would create a system of dependents who do not value what they get.

The work provides a World Cup in the host country are not only related to sport, but also includes other sectors such as tourism, construction, marketing, engineering, education, entertainment, etc.. The organization of the World Cup soccer is a great way to inject a dose of capital to the national economy in sectors that produce jobs.

The World Cup, in this sense, is a real economic engine that drives a huge human capital benefits large and small, as well as rich and poor. Viva el futbol!

Humberto Caspa, Ph.D., is a professor and researcher in Economics On The Move. E-mail:

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