Semi Finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Outputs

I wrote a post before the semi finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  The post noted some of the inputs going into these two games from the four teams involved.

The outputs of the games were:

  • Higher ranked teams (FIFA Ranking May 2010) won both games
  • The team that scored first won both games
  • Spain continued its remarkable discipline record and received no cards from the referee in the game v Germany

These are the Castrol Index data for the games:

Time Lines

Game Statistics

Semi Finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Inputs

Going into the semi final games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, these are some of the performance characteristics of the four teams remaining.

Alphabetical

Team
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
Uruguay

Alphabetical and Group Position

Team Qualifying Group Position
Germany 1
Netherlands 1
Spain 1
Uruguay 1

FIFA Ranking May 2010

Team FIFA Rank May 2010
Spain 2
Netherlands 4
Germany 6
Uruguay 16

Games Won

Team Games Won
Netherlands 5
Germany 4
Spain 4
Uruguay 4

Goals Scored

Team Goals Scored
Germany 13
Netherlands 9
Uruguay 7
Spain 6

Yellow Cards

Team Yellow Cards
Spain 3
Uruguay 6
Germany 8
Netherlands 12

Red Cards

Team Red Cards
Germany 0
Netherlands 0
Spain 0
Uruguay 1

Games Played at Altitude

Team Games at Altitude
Spain 3
Uruguay 3
Germany 2
Netherlands 1

Games Played at Sea Level

Team Games at Sea Level
Netherlands 4
Germany 3
Spain 2
Uruguay 2

Some other information

  • Germany and Spain have lost to lower ranked opponents in this tournament.
  • The referee for the Netherlands v Uruguay game has refereed four games at this tournament. His last game was Argentina v Germany.
  • The referee for the Germany v Spain game has refereed three games at this tournament. His last game was USA v Ghana.

After all this information, there is this suggestion too:

Photo Credit

Argentina v Mexico

Ranking and Qualification for the Knock Out Stages of 2010 FIFA World Cup

The Group games have concluded at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is the outcome of the qualification process:

Group Team Group Position FIFA Rank

May 2010

Games Won Goals Scored Yellow Cards
A Uruguay 1 16 2 4 3
A Mexico 2 17 1 3 8
A South Africa 3 83 1 3 4
A France 4 9 0 1 6
B Argentina 1 7 3 7 5
B Korea 2 47 1 5 3
B Greece 3 13 1 2 5
B Nigeria 4 21 0 3 5
C USA 1 14 1 4 6
C England 2 8 1 2 5
C Slovenia 3 25 1 3 9
C Algeria 4 30 0 0 4
D Germany 1 6 2 5 6
D Ghana 2 32 1 2 6
D Australia 3 20 1 3 7
D Serbia 4 15 1 2 8
E Netherlands 1 4 3 5 6
E Japan 2 45 2 4 3
E Denmark 3 36 1 3 6
E Cameroon 4 19 0 2 5
F Paraguay 1 31 1 3 4
F Slovakia 2 34 1 4 8
F New Zealand 3 78 0 2 6
F Italy 4 5 0 4 5
G Brazil 1 1 2 5 4
G Portugal 2 3 1 7 7
G Cote d’Ivoire 3 27 1 4 5
G Korea DPR 4 105 0 1 2
H Spain 1 2 2 4 0
H Chile 2 18 2 3 10
H Switzerland 3 24 1 1 8
H Honduras 4 38 0 0 7

Amongst the many observations possible with the vast amount of information available from the World Cup are:

  • Korea, Ghana, and Japan qualified ahead of higher FIFA ranked teams in their groups. Each of them had a low number of yellow cards compared to their group opponents.
  • France, Serbia, Cameroon and Italy played below their FIFA ranking and did not qualify.
  • There were eleven games where a lower ranked team beat a higher ranked team. Spain and Germany were the only teams to lose to lower ranked teams and qualify.
  • In 37 games the higher FIFA ranked team did not lose.
  • There were 101 goals in the 48 qualifying games. Spain scored the 100th goal in game 47.
  • Six games ended in 0-0 draws.
  • In games where a goal was scored 40 of the 42 games resulted in the team that scored first not losing. The two exceptions, Nigeria and Cameroon, did not qualify for the next stage of the tournament.

Photo Credit

Fireworks in the Sky