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Fifa World Cup Finals: Catalyst for Infrastructural Development? a Case Study of South Africa 2010

By Dr. Christian Ezeibe

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This article explored how the dynamics of the global political economy influences international games, such as, the FIFA World Cup. It further examined the extent of exaggeration of myths and benefits of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africans, neighboring states, FIFA officials and the global community in the post game period. To effectively explain and understand the article, we adopted the Theory of Commercial Liberalism and argued that whenever nations compete for the hosting right for such tournament, they are mainly but not exclusively driven by the benefits that accrue. The relevance of this theory as forming the theoretical framework is based on the simple understanding that man´s fundamental reasoning is cooperation in order to prosper.
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Abstract

This article explored how the dynamics of the global political economy influences international games, such as, the FIFA World Cup. It further examined the extent of exaggeration of myths and benefits of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africans, neighboring states, FIFA officials and the global community in the post game period. To effectively explain and understand the article, we adopted the Theory of Commercial Liberalism and argued that whenever nations compete for the hosting right for such tournament, they are mainly but not exclusively driven by the benefits that accrue. The relevance of this theory as forming the theoretical framework is based on the simple understanding that man´s fundamental reasoning is cooperation in order to prosper.
The theory asserts that mutually beneficial exchanges benefit people and assist in solving problems associated with capitalism such as, boom-and-burst economic cycles. Though, the government of South Africa invested heavily in the preparation for the tournament more than FIFA, the later determined large poll of commercial actors that held proprietorship over the central and most lucrative aspect of the tournament-first benefits. Although one of the authors was among the spectators in South Africa during the games, information from social media networks were used to gather data on this article. The paper concludes that while it is evident that the World Cup in South Africa benefitted FIFA and foreign investors on the short- run, resources invested spilled over to the society to serve the interest of the South African masses and her neighboring states, with other immense benefits expected on the long- run. It recommends among many, that other African states should strive to win the hosting right for such games because of its long-run benefits.

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