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Spain at the 2014 World Cup

Background Spain, the 2010 World Cup Champions, arrived at the 2014 World Cup with an Elo Ratings of 2086 points (ranked 2). Spain was ranked first in the FIFA Rankings with 1485 points. Spain were in Group B for the Group Stages of the World Cup. This post looks at some data from the first two group games. Spain defeated Australia 3-0 in the final Group game. Game One: Netherlands From the FIFA record of the game (Spain defeated 5-1) Infostrada's Momentum Wave of the game:  Game 2:  Chile From the FIFA record of the game (Spain defeated 2-0) In Summary https://twitter.com/InfostradaLive/status/479351791948402690

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: 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...

IASI Canberra 2009 : Day 2: Josep Escoda

Josep Escoda presented the fourth keynote of the IASI conference: Barcelona to London: A Broadcast Science and Training Experience Introduction Josep identified the three high performance centres in Spain and four single sport centres. Josep is based at the Centre d'Alt Rendiment CAR . CAR aims to provide and integrate services to high performance sport. CAR was established in 1987 in time for the Barcelona Olympics. It was established as a public company that used existing facilities. The public nature of the company gave advantages leading into preparations for Barcelona. Josep noted that the workflow at CAR was focussed on integration. CAR...