Countries with better health systems have better football teamsBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7377.1378/b (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1378
- Roger Dobson
When Bill Shankley, past manager of Liverpool Football Club, famously remarked that “some people think football is a matter of life and death … I can assure them it is much more serious than that,” he might just have had a point.
New research has found a link between the health system of a nation and the performance of its soccer team.
If a national team does well, according to the data, the country is also likely to …