The big winners of the World Cup are likely to be republicans.
Yes, you read that right. And no, we didn't forget to capitalize "republicans."
We're referring, of course, to the system of government rather than the political party. Of the 32 teams at the World Cup, 22 of them are classified by the CIA as being some sort of a republic.
Below, a look at which other kinds of governments are represented:
And here is the fuller description of how the CIA classifies each nation's government:
|Portugal||4||Republic, parliamentary democracy|
|England (U.K.)||10||Constitutional monarchy and a Commonwealth realm|
|Belgium||11||Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy|
|United States||13||Federal republic|
|Bosnia||21||Emerging federal democratic republic|
|Costa Rica||28||Democratic republic|
|Honduras||33||Democratic constitutional republic|
|Japan||46||Parliamentary government with a constitutional monarchy|
|Australia||62||Federal parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm|
The map above has been updated to fix incorrect labeling in Europe.