Goals Scored at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The official FIFA web site has detailed information about each game played in the 2010 World Cup. Given there will be a lot of interest in goal scoring after the World Cup I thought I would use the links offered by the FIFA video page of goals scored to create a record that might be of use in the performance analysis of goal scoring.

145 goals were scored in 64 games. (101 in Group Games, 44 in Knockout Games.)

Knockout Stages

These games include extra time (when required) and a penalty shoot out if scores remain level at the end of extra time.

There have been 16 games to date that have produced a total of 44 goals. Game 55 ended in a penalty shoot out (Paraguay scored 5 penalty goals and Japan scored 3). Game 58 ended in a penalty shoot out (Uruguay scored 4 penalty goals and Ghana scored 2). These penalty shoot out goals are not included in the total goals scored. The goals in the knockout tournament have been scored in the following quarters of the game:

Note: the FIFA web site uses a basic 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the game (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)). Extra Time uses two sets of fifteen minutes (90-105, 105-120). I have used these times to allocate goals in extra time.

Goals scored (team scoring goal named first with links to FIFA video of goal):

Minute in Game Goal
3 Germany v Argentina
5 Ghana v USA
8 Uruguay v Korea
10 Brazil v Netherlands
18 Netherlands v Slovakia
18 Netherlands v Uruguay
19 Germany v Uruguay
20 Germany v England
26 Argentina v Mexico
28 Uruguay v Germany
32 Germany v England
33 Argentina v Mexico
35 Brazil v Chile
37 England v Germany
38 Brazil v Chile
41 Uruguay v Netherlands
45 Ghana v Uruguay
51 Uruguay v Germany
52 Argentina v Mexico
53 Netherlands v Brazil
55 Uruguay v Ghana
56 Germany v Uruguay
59 Brazil v Chile
62 USA v Ghana
63 Spain v Portugal
67 Germany v England
68 Korea v Uruguay
68 Netherlands v Brazil
68 Germany v Argentina
70 Germany v England
70 Netherlands v Uruguay
71 Mexico v Argentina
73 Netherlands v Uruguay
73 Spain v Germany
74 Germany v Argentina
80 Uruguay v Korea
82 Germany v Uruguay
83 Spain v Paraguay
84 Netherlands v Slovakia
89 Germany v Argentina
90 Slovakia v Netherlands
90 Uruguay v Netherlands
93 Ghana v USA
116 Spain v Netherlands

Qualification Tournament

There were 48 games in the qualifying tournament that produced a total of 101 goals. These goals have been scored in the following quarters of the game:

Note: the FIFA web site uses a basic 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the game (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)). Extra time has two periods

Goals scored in the 48 Qualification Games (team scoring goal named first):

Minute in Game Goal
4 England v USA
6 Argentina v Nigeria
7 Korea v Greece
7 New Zealand v Italy
8 Germany v Australia
10 Cameroon v Denmark
11 Australia v Ghana
12 Nigeria v Korea
13 Slovenia v USA
14 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
16 Nigeria v Greece
17 Argentina v Korea
17 Spain v Honduras
17 Japan v Denmark
20 South Africa v France
20 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
23 England v Slovenia
24 Uruguay v South Africa
24 Spain v Chile
25 Ghana v Australia
25 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
25 Slovakia v Italy
26 Germany v Australia
27 Paraguay v Slovakia
29 Italy v New Zealand
29 Portugal v Korea DPR
30 Japan v Denmark
33 Argentina v Korea
33 Denmark v Cameroon
34 Chile v Honduras
36 Netherlands v Cameroon
37 South Africa v France
37 Spain v Chile
38 Serbia v Germany
38 Korea v Nigeria
39 Japan v Cameroon
39 Paraguay v Italy
40 USA v England
42 Slovenia v USA
43 Uruguay v Mexico
44 Greece v Nigeria
45 Korea v Argentina
46 Netherlands v Denmark
47 Chile v Spain
48 USA v Slovenia
49 Korea v Nigeria
50 Slovakia v New Zealand
50 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
51 Spain v Honduras
52 Korea v Greece
52 Switzerland v Spain
53 Netherlands v Japan
53 Portugal v Korea DPR
55 South Africa v Mexico
55 Brazil v Korea DPR
56 Portugal v Korea DPR
60 Portugal v Korea DPR
60 Germany v Ghana
61 Denmark v Cameroon
62 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
63 Italy v Paraguay
64 Mexico v France
65 Cameroon v Netherlands
68 Germany v Australia
69 Nigeria v Korea
69 Australia v Serbia
70 Germany v Australia
70 France v South Africa
71 Greece v Nigeria
72 Brazil v Korea DPR
73 Australia v Serbia
73 Slovakia v Italy
75 Chile v Switzerland
76 Argentina v Korea
77 Argentina v Greece
79 Mexico v South Africa
79 Slovenia v Algeria
79 Mexico v France
79 Cote d’Ivoire v Brazil
80 Uruguay v South Africa
80 Argentina v Korea
81 Portugal v Korea DPR
81 Italy v Slovakia
81 Denmark v Japan
82 USA v Slovenia
82 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
83 Netherlands v Cameroon
84 Serbia v Australia
85 Ghana v Serbia
85 Netherlands v Denmark
86 Paraguay v Slovakia
87 Portugal v Korea DPR
87 Japan v Denmark
89 Korea DPR v Brazil
89 Portugal v Korea DPR
89 Argentina v Greece
89 Slovakia v Italy
90 New Zealand v Slovakia
90 Uruguay v South Africa
90 USA v Algeria
90 Italy v Slovakia

Photo Credit

Gol

Soccer City Stadium

Analysing Performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

There will be many performance analysis projects that focus on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I tracked two performance parameters at this tournament:

  • The outcome of scoring the first goal in a game.
  • The relationship between FIFA ranking (May 2010) and game outcome.

These are the results:

Team that scores first (game count = 64):

Wins Draws Loses
46 8 3

Note: Game 58 Uruguay v Ghana ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time. It is recorded here as a draw.

Exceptions

0 – 0 Draws

Uruguay v France

Cote d’Ivoire v Portugal

England v Algeria

Paraguay v New Zealand

Portugal v Brazil

Switzerland v Honduras

Paraguay v Japan

Note: the Final between Netherlands and Spain ended in a 0-0 draw at full time. Spain scored the first and only goal in the second half of extra time. It is recorded as a win here.

Team that does not score first wins?

In the 64 games played three teams have scored first and lost. Nigeria scored first in Game 19 of the tournament. Greece won the game 2-1. It is interesting to note that: Greece was higher in the FIFA ranking; Nigeria had a player sent off in the 33rd minute; both of Greece’s goals were scored after the sending off. In Game 26 Cameroon scored first. Denmark won the game 2-1. Denmark was lower in the FIFA rankings than Cameroon. Both the teams to have scored first and lost in the Group Stage of the tournament were from the African continent and were been beaten by European teams. Cameroon was beaten twice by lower ranked teams (Japan and Denmark).

Brazil scored first in Game 57 and lost 1-2 to Netherlands in the quarter final game. Brazil was the higher ranked team.

Results from FIFA Rankings (game count = 64):

FIFA Ranking Wins Draws Loses
Higher Ranking Team 37 14 13
Lower Ranking Team 13 14 37

Note: Game 58 Uruguay v Ghana ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time. It is recorded here as a win for the higher ranked team, Uruguay, as a game outcome after the penalty shoot out.

Exceptions: Higher Ranking Team Loses

Greece (v Korea), Serbia (v Ghana), Cameroon (v Japan), Spain (v Switzerland), France (v Mexico), Germany (v Serbia), Cameroon (v Denmark), France (v South Africa), Serbia (v Australia), Italy (v Slovakia), Denmark (v Japan), USA (v Ghana), Brazil (v Netherlands)

Photo Credits

Players’ Entrance Tunnel

Opening Ceremony