Spain is No.2 in football and No.7 in FDI

CIOL Bureau
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BANGALORE, INDIA: As the FIFA world cup is reaching an unexpected climax, with the Spain—Netherlands final, Spain has already conquered the cyber space. From blog posts to tweets to what else... Spain is almost like the winner even before the world cup final.


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“Euphoria in Spain at semi-final win - The whole of Spain erupted with joy as the national side reached the FIFA World Cup,” reads a tweet. “Gracious Low salutes Spain - Spain were described as the masters of football by Germany coach Joachim Low,” read another.

Interestingly, for a moment, the world cup winners chart on Wikipedia also mentioned by mistake that Spain is the winner, which they immediately rectified.


By qualifying for the finals at FIFA World Cup 2010 against the Netherlands, Spain, one of the largest members of European Union, has literally marked history. And that is reflected in social media too.

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According to Tweetmeme statistics, some of the tweets on Spain are receiving more than hundred re-tweets. ( - Germany-Spain - The matches of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa).


Google trend report about Spain shows an interesting graph. A history from 2004 shows that it once touched a peak during 2004 because of the Spain bombing. Next peak in the graph came around 2008, when Spain defeated Germany in Euro 2008, followed by 2010 euro crisis impacting the economy and the latest on July 7, with marking history and qualifying for the finals at FIFA 2010.

Talking of Euro crisis, we have to switch over from football to economics. It is interesting that Spain is among top five countries in world ranking of football teams and under top ten in the recipients of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) globally. Incidentally, foes on the playing field, Germany and Netherlands are friends of Spain in economic contribution through FDI.

If Spain is positioned no.2 in the world football ranking according to FIFA ranking in April 2010, it is no.4 among the recipients of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) globally as per the report by InvestinSpain, the State Company for the Promotion and Attraction of Foreign Investment at Spain. In India, the cumulative FDI flow is around US$ 1,61,536 million.


According to UNCTAD, in 2008, Spain was positioned at 7th place in world FDI inflows and 4th place in the EU. Spain also hosts a large number of R&D centers of globals firms like Yahoo, Intel, Vodafone and many more. So, now the football history may give a new status to the country of bullfighting.

Tale end: As is the unexpectedness of the World Cup final, the list of visitors at the tournament venue too has some unexpectedness to it. The latest to get get the football excitement is Bollywood actress Lara Dutta, who joined Twitter much before our Big B and Aamir Khan discovered the possibility of the platform.

"Soooo excited! Touchdown in Cape Town tomorrow (Tuesday)! Apart from being one of my favourite cities, I am super thrilled to catch the first semi final there," Lara posted on her Twitter page.

So, let's get ready to be part of the suspense-filled excitement.