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Now the big money: German World Cup team valued at almost ten times U.S. side


Germany’s Miroslav Klose scores a second goal for Germany during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 21. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

There are several different estimates of the value of World Cup teams. But they’re in agreement on one thing: By any dollars-and-cents measure, the American squad is the corner store about to compete with a Wal-Mart — in the form of Germany.

Specifically, Germany’s team, which the United States plays next,  is valued at close to $800 million, nearly ten times the worth of the American side.

Indeed, based on the market value of its players, Germany is now the most expensive team left in the competition now that Spain, which was tops, has been eliminated.

Ghana, which the United States defeated last week, is valued at $144 million, and Portugal, which America tied Sunday, about $445 million.

At about $86 million, the United States brings up the rear of the 32 teams, ahead of Honduras, Australia, Iran, Costa Rica and Algeria

The numbers come mostly from the list of team values generated by soccer information Web site Transfermarkt.

The firm assigns a market value to the players on each team based on factors such as experience, age, individual and team performance, and salary.

With the value of Spain’s team at $930 million, it makes up roughly 9.5 percent of the market value of all World Cup players, according to Time.

And the Dutch firm ING Group has released its “Cup-o-nomics” World Cup report that also places Spain on top with a value of $917 million. The firm assigned team values after gathering transfer values of players and information from fans. The five most fanatical fan bases, according to the International Business Times, are Argentina, Chile, Russia, Italy and World Cup host Brazil.

Global insurance firm Lloyd’s, in partnership with the Centre for Economics and Business Research, has taken a different approach based on the total insurable value of each team’s players. This method puts Germany in the lead with a value of $1.1 billion.

According to Lloyd’s:

A snapshot of the research shows that Germany, Spain, England and Brazil have the four most expensive teams in terms of insurable value and that the average insurable value of one England player is more than the entire Costa Rican team.


Pam Tobey is the graphics editor of the Morning Mix Web team at The Washington Post and a member of the Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team.



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