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Simulation as Deception

I am very naive about cheating. I have tried to bear in mind the wisdom contained in the advice that "rules do not bring about conformity, rather they bring about a different kind of non-conformity". A recent ABC Science article has drawn attention to a paper from October 2011 that has added to my interest in understanding cheating. Gwendolyn David, Catriona Condon, Candice Bywater, Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, and Robbie Wilson have written about deception in humans. Data for their paper were drawn from ten televised matches from each of six professional soccer leagues. Gwendolyn and her colleagues refer to Paul Morris and David Lewis's (2010)...

Asian Football Cup Qatar 2011

The Asian Football Tournament 2011 kicked off tonight in Qatar. I have a page of information about the Tournament at this link. See this post for an analysis of goals scored in the Group Stage of the Tournament. See this post for an analysis of the goals scored in the Knockout Stage of the Tournament. The opening games was Qatar v Uzbekistan at the Khalifa Stadium. Photo Credit Khalifa Stadium

2010 FIFA World Cup: After the Final Whistle

At this World Cup I have been following: Goal scoring patterns. Game outcome in relation to FIFA Ranking (May 2010). Referees for each game. The official web site for the World Cup has provided enormous detail about each game and the tournament. I have collected all my posts at this page. After 64 Games at the 2010 World Cup here are some observations: 145 goals were scored in the tournament. 101 goals in the Group Stage. 44 goals in the Knockout Stages. 59 goals were scored in the first halves of games, 84 in the second halves and 2 in extra time. In 54 out of 57...

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...

Penalty Shoot Outs at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 World Cup Regulations stipulate that: In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each will be played. If the score is level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner in accordance with the procedure described in the Laws of the Game. There were 2 penalty shoot outs in the Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Game 55 Paraguay v Japan Paraguay took the first penalty, Japan the second. The scoring sequence of this shoot out was: 1-0, 1-1, 2-1,...

The Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup started on 26 June. Information about the draw can be found at the FIFA web site. Teams The 16 teams that qualified for the knockout stages were: 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 B Argentina 1 7 3 7 5 B Korea 2 47 1 5 3 C USA 1 14 1 4 6 C England 2 8 1 2 5 D Germany 1 6 2 5 6 D Ghana 2 32 1 2 6 E Netherlands 1 4 3 5 6 E Japan 2 45 2 4 3 F Paraguay 1 31 1 3 4 F Slovakia 2 34 1 4 8 G Brazil 1 1 2 5 4 G Portugal 2 3 1 7 7 H Spain 1 2 2 4 0 H Chile 2 18 2 3 10 I monitored two performance parameters in the Group Stage of the tournament (48 games). The outcome of scoring the first goal in a game. The relationship between FIFA ranking and game outcome. In the Knockout Stage: Team that scored first (game count = 16): Won Lost 12 1 Brazil scored first in Game 57 and lost 1-2 to Netherlands in the quarter final game. Exception: 0-0 draw Paraguay v...

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...

Referees at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The list of referees and assistant referees at the 2010 FIFA World Cup can be found on this page of the official web site. Each match report provides information about the referee, assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official. These are the referees who officiated at the 2010 World Cup: Name Country Total Games Games Refereed Goals Irmatov UZB 5 South Africa v Mexico England v Algeria Greece v Argentina Argentina v Germany Uruguay v Netherlands 2 0 2 4 5 Baldassi ARG 4 Serbia v Ghana Netherlands v Japan Switzerland v Honduras Spain v Portugal 1 1 0 1 Kassai HUN 4 Brazil v Korea DPR Mexico v Uruguay USA...

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...