June 10th, 2010
12:04 PM GMT
As the 32 squads go at it on the playing fields of South Africa, we could not help but ask if economics plays a part in a country's success.
Who wins the economic World Cup?
It's easy to say no straight away given that Brazil has won the trophy five times and until recently its economy was far down the 'developing' scale.
The United States and Japan on the other hand have never come close to winning, despite having the world's biggest economies.
Or perhaps, poorer countries have had the edge given that players coming from nothing, work harder at sport.
That of course doesn't fly when you look at the winning sides from Italy, France and Germany.
Someone joked to me this week that teams tend to win the cup during economic upheaval. Take a look at how well Argentina did during its era of hyper inflation.
Does that bode well for Greece or Spain?
So, over the course of the next few weeks throughout the tournament, we will take a look at whether the economy, GDP or wealth of a nation plays any part.
Each day we will preview the day's main match and profile each country to see who would win if economics played a role.
On opening day, we'll put Mexico and South Africa head to head and see who wins off the field when it comes to economic might.
Let us know what you think.
Please leave your comments below and let us know who you think would win.
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