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Discipline + Defence + Red Shirts: A Winning Formula at the 2010 FIFA World...

The 2010 FIFA World Cup web site has some fascinating information about Spain's performance at the tournament. In this post I want to draw attention to Spain's: Discipline Defence as characteristics of a winning team. There is something about their kit I would like to share too. I believe their discipline and defence were exceptional. What is important to note is that Spain started the tournament with a defeat to a lower FIFA ranked team. As background information here are some details about the sixteen teams who appeared in the Knockout Stages of the tournament: Country Games Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Yellow Cards Second Yellow Red Cards Spain 7 8 2 +6 8 0 0 Netherlands 7 12 6 +6 21 1 1 Germany 7 16 5 +11 11 0 0 Uruguay 7 11 8 +3 9 0 1 Paraguay 5 3 2 +1 9 0 0 Brazil 5 9 4 +5 7 0 1 Argentina 5 10 6 +4 7 0 0 Ghana 5 5 4 +1 11 0 0 Portugal 4 7 1 +6 8 0 1 Slovakia 4 5 7 -2 11 0 0 England 4 3 5 -2 6 0 0 Korea 4 6 8 -2 6 0 0 Chile 4 3 5 -2 13 0 0 Mexico 4 4 5 -1 9 0 0 Japan 4 4 2 +2 7 0 0 USA 4 5 5 0 9 0 0 Discipline Spain had a very small number of...

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...