THE FOOTBALLERS’ WINES WORLD CUP RANKING

There’s 32 nations playing in the world cup. Almost all the best ones are famous for their wine. Of the top 10 ranked nations by FIFA on the eve of the world cup, only Colombia weren’t well known for their vino. By our count 18 of the countries battling it out in Brazil are producing wines that are commercially available in the UK. There’s been endless speculation about how the tournament might shape up according to football abilities. But at Footballers’ Wines we’re always curious about combining our two biggest passions. So we’ve taken a leaf out of Michel Platini’s book and decided to ignore FIFA and devise our own ranking. Here’s how it works:

We’ve taken an average of each country’s FIFA ranking, their odds for the tournament, their volume of wine production world ranking and finally their volume of wine consumption world ranking– to produce a Footballers’ Wines ranking.

According to our system the final would be between Spain & Germany, with the Spanish (strong in every department) lifting the trophy. Argentina and Italy get knocked out in the semis whilst Brazil, coming 5th in our rankings, would have a disappointing tournament, losing in the quarters. France despite having a very healthy level of wine production are let down by their comparatively low FIFA ranking of 17 – to leave them in 6th place. England just about make it through to the last 16 – which considering it’s from  a competition of 18 isn’t saying much. The three lions are let down by a poor level of wine production (57th in the world) but are helped by being the 5th biggest imbiber of wine on the planet  – not bad for a country most associated with beer.

Win a case of the world cup winning wine

Just for fun we’ve chose one wine to be a featured player for each country. We’ll be giving a case of the winning country’s wine away at the end of the world cup. To be in with a chance of winning simply pop your email address in the box below and we’ll be in touch with the winner after the world cup final. Unfortunately the competition is available to UK residents only.

 


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1) Spain (3.5 average)

FIFA Ranking: 1

Tournament Odds: 6/1 = (3rd Favourites)

Wine Production by volume: 3rd (3,339,700 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 7th (1,015,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Andrés Iniesta

Representative Wine: Bodega Iniesta Finca El Carril Valeria £10.50 from Footballers’ Wines

 

 

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= 2) Germany –  (5 average)

FIFA Ranking: 2

Tournament Odds: 13/2 (4th favourites)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 10th (961,100 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 4th (1,990,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Mesut Ozil

Representative Wine: Bergrettung Dry Reisling 2012 £16 from Oddbins

 

 

collio-chardonnay

= 2) Italy – (5 average)

FIFA Ranking: 9

Tournament Odds: 25/1 (7th favourites)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 1st (6,590,750 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 3rd (2,305,200,000 litres)

Star Player: Mario Balotelli

Representative Wine: Chardonnay Colio DOC 2012 £8.99 from Lidl

malbec

4) Argentina – (5.25 average)

FIFA Ranking: 5

Tournament Odds: 4/1 (2nd favourites)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 6th (1,547,300 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 8th (972,500,000 litres)

Star Player: Lionel Messi

Representative Wine: Trivento Otra Vida Malbec £6.00 from Asda

 

brazilian chardonnay

5) Brazil – (6.5 average)

FIFA Ranking: 3

Tournament Odds: 3/1 (Favourites)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 14th (345,000 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 8th (370,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Neymar

Representative Wine: Aurora Reserve Chardonnay  £8.95 from Slurp

 

6) France – (6.75 average)

FIFA Ranking: 17

Tournament Odds: 25/1 = 6th equal

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 2nd (4,673,400 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 2nd (2,993,600,000 litres)

Star Player: Paul Pogba

Representative Wine: Footballers’ Wines Rosé £11.99 from Footballers’ Wines

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7) USA – (7.8 average)

FIFA Ranking: 14

Tournament Odds: 200/1 (Joint 20th Favourite)

Wine Production by volume: 4th (2,211,300 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 1st (3,282,250,000 litres)

Star Player: Clint Dempsey

Representative Wine: Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc £4.99 from Morrisons

 

 

pink elephant rose

8) Portugal – (9.25 average)

FIFA Ranking: 4

Tournament Odds: 28/1 (Joint 8th favourite)

Wine Production by volume: 12th (694,612 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 13th (455,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Representative Wine: Pink Elephant Rosé 2011 £7.50 from Tesco

 

carmenere

9) Chile – (13 average)

FIFA Ranking: 13

Tournament Odds: 40/1 (13th favourite)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 8th (1,046,000 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 18th (323,700,000 litres)

Star Player: Alexis Sanchez

Representative Wine: Fairtrade Carmenere Taste the Difference £8.00 from Sainsbury’s

 

 

Russian Sparkling

10) Russia – (13.25 average)

FIFA Ranking: 19

Tournament Odds: 125/1 (17th favourite)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 11th (696,260 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 6th (1,125,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Alan Dzagoev

Representative Wine: Cuvée Alexander II £19.80 from Vinorium

 

 

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11) Switzerland – (16.25 average)

FIFA Ranking: 6

Tournament Odds: 125/1 (16th favourite)

Wine Production by volume: 23rd (101,800 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 20th (290,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Xherdan Shaqiri

Representative Wine: Chasselas de Satigny, Domaine des Abeilles d’Or £13.80 (White) from Nick Dobson Wine

 

greek wine

12) Greece – (18 average)

FIFA Ranking: 12

Tournament Odds: 300/1 (Joint 24th Favourite)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 15th (303,000 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 21st (280,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Konstantinos Mitroglou

Representative Wine: Red on Black Agiorgitiko Nemea 2012 £8.99 from M&S

 

Uruguay

13) Uruguay – (18.25 average)

FIFA Ranking: 7

Tournament Odds: 28/1 (Joint 8th favourite)

Wine Production by volume: 28th (65,000 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 30th (110,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Luis Suarez

Representative Wine: Tannat Syrah Viognier £12.99 from Fraziers Wines

 

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14) England – (20 average)

FIFA Ranking: 10

Tournament Odds: 28/1 (Joint 8th favourite)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 57

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 5th (1,280,000,000 litres)

Star Player: Daniel Sturridge

Representative Wine:  Ridgeview Merret Bloomsbury £19.99 from Waitrose

 

plavac

15) Croatia – (23 average)

FIFA Ranking: 18

Tournament Odds: 150/1 (Joint 17th favourite)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 29th (48,875 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 28th (143,900,000 litres)

Star Player: Luka Modric

Representative Wine: Vinarija Dingač Plavac 2010  £9.85 from Croatian Fine Wines

 

 

japan wine

16) Japan – (25 average)

FIFA Ranking: 46

Tournament Odds: 150/1 (Joint 17th favourite)

Wine Production by volume: 25th (79,000 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 12th (529,400,000 litres)

Star Player: Keisuke Honda

Representative Wine: Yamanashi Koshu ‘Sol Lucey’ 2011 £18.50 from Great Western Wines

 

limestone coast chard

17) Australia – (27 average)

FIFA Ranking: 62

Tournament Odds: 1000/1 (Joint 28th Favourite)

Volume of Wine Production Ranking: 7th (1,133,860 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 11th (526,500,000 litres)

Star Player: Tim Cahill

Representative Wine: Limestone Coast Chardonnay £5.99 from Aldi

 

Mex la cetto

18) Mexico – (30 average)

FIFA Ranking: 20

Tournament Odds: 200/1 (Joint 20th Favourite)

Wine Production by volume: 36th (27,609 tonnes)

Volume of Wine Consumption Ranking: 44th (49,800,000 litres)

Star Player: Javier Hernandez

Representative Wine: L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon £8.04 from Bablakes

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