Football can also teach countries how to spot and hone human capital. The best performers not only have systems for finding gifted children, but also ways of spotting late developers who failed to make the first cut. Their academies turn out intelligent, creative players rather than dribbling automatons. Then, if they are clever, they drop their best footballers into a competitive market.The idea is that in places were there are free market like mechanisms to find the best players, you end up with the best teams, that go on to win the World Cup. There are too many problems with this view, both with the view of how the economy, and capitalism work, but also about football. I will tackle just a few.