2010 FIFA World Cup. Here are some of places on the web where you can find all of your World Cup analytics interests.
Wayne Winston is posting some predictions and rankings on his blog mathletics. If you are a fan of sports and analytics (i.e. Moneyball) than you would love Wayne Winston's blog. Wayne does predictions for professional and collegiate sports in basketball, football, baseball, and soccer.
Blog posts on AnalyticBridge tells that big financial institutions are using quantitative financial instruments used in credit swaps and and debt obligations for predicting World Cup outcomes. It is a corporate financial challenge that is trying to predict with country will go the farthest in the World Cup. Let's hope its not the same models that were used to predict mortgage backed securities from a few years back.
Spotfire's blog has an entry about providing World Cup data all the way back to 1930. TIBCO, Spotfire's parent, is providing analytic data from the World Cup including all sorts of statistics. Analysts can get scores, goals, penalties, attendance, and other data points. The online app that TIBCO provides also has nifty charts to compare different countries performance.