Argentina has a FIFA ranking of five and is the third highest ranking country in Latin American on this year’s Global Peace Index. Argentina has already won two World Cups, both in the Americas: the first in Argentina and the second in Mexico.
Argentina is up against the Netherlands, a country which is ranked 20th in this years’ Global Peace Index. If tomorrow’s match was based on the Global Peace Index then the Netherlands would be victors as they outperform Argentina in twelve out of the twenty-two indicators that make up the Global Peace Index.
Both Argentina and the Netherlands are the only teams to have won every game in the World Cup. Argentina has managed victory by one goal in all their matches, including their most recent against Belgium. The Netherlands in contrast have victories ranging from a four goal defeat of 2010 champions Spain, to their most recent victory by penalties against Costa Rica.
After only reaching the quarter finals in 2006 and 2010, many hope Argentina can reclaim the title they won in 1986 in Mexico. This is the furthest that Argentina has reached since 1990. Lionel Messi, hailed by many as the best player in the world, scored four goals in the group stage and his assist to Di Maria against Switzerland.
Argentina has relatively easy access to small firearms, but the Argentinian defence will need to look out for larger weapons with van Persie, Robben and Depay all hitting the back of the net multiple times this World Cup. The Netherlands has a relatively high level of exports of major conventional weapons, and fittingly all their forwards play their football outside of the Netherlands.
Argentina has shown significant improvement in peace over the last year and is now ranked just outside the top 25% of most peaceful countries. Argentina recorded one of the largest increases in peacefulness of any country in the world last year, moving up 16 places on the 2014 Global Peace Index to 43. However, the likelihood of violent demonstrations remains high. Argentina's saw improvements in governance and in its relations with neighbouring countries. Argentinian fans are hoping these improvements in peace will help, with head coach Alejandro Sabella seeking to ensure that Argentina will be able to avenge their 4-0 defeat against Germany in the last World Cup.Related Articles
As the Netherlands and Argentina prepare for the semi-finals, in many ways Netherlands has already won, with much higher levels of peace.
As the world looks to Brazil to watch 32 countries fight it out on the soccer field, we take a look how this tournament would turn out if they were in the playoffs for peace.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.
PO Box 42, St Leonards,
Tel: +61 2 9901 8500
3 East 54th Street
New York, New York 10022
Tel: +1 (646) 963-2160
Job opportunities and internships are listed on the Institute for Economics and Peace website. See them here.