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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...