Soccer is a globalized sport. In the World Cup, this becomes more evident: in 2018, almost all the athletes play in clubs that are not from their native country. We explored the topic in detail and graphically showed how this internationalization happened since 1930, when only four expat players appeared in the competition.
What makes this project innovative?
While the fact that most World Cup athletes were playing for clubs from outside their country was widely known, few people have looked at how this trend developed over the years. Instead of just focusing in the 2018 competition, we looked for older data to show how recent and intense this globalization phenomenon is.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
The story received internal praise and was featured in associated portals. It even won a prize for best news story design in the latin press (Prêmio ÑH2018).
Source and methodology
Data comes from two main sources: OpenFootball, an open source GitHub repository, and Wikipedia. We consider a player an "expat" if the club he played for during the World Cup is not from his home country.
Data collection, cleaning and analysis was done using Python. Charts were made using d3.js and Adobe Illustrator.
Rodrigo Menegat - Data, infographics and text Bruno Ponceano - Infographics Augusto Conconi - Infographics