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Penalty Shoot Outs at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Introduction The 2014 World Cup Regulations stipulate that for the Knockout Phase: If, after 90 minutes, a match ends in a draw, extra time of two...

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...

2014 FIFA World Cup Group Games: Round 1

Round 1 of the Group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was completed on 17 June. In Round 1: 49 goals were scored (20 First...

Goals Scored in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Total Number of Goals Scored 171 goals were scored in 64 games at the 2014 World Cup. 65 goals in the First Half and 98 goals...

Predicting the Outcome of the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Part 2

Introduction Although I aspire to be connected to a social world of sharing, sometimes a lot of the time I am out of the loop. I...

Predicting the Outcome of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Introduction Thirty two teams have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The teams are allocated into the following Groups (with links to EA...

Skill and chance in football goal scoring

These data appeared in my in box this morning. Their arrival took me back to Charles Reep and Bernard Benjamin's observation fifty years ago: an excess...

Conversation Pieces

I have had an opportunity to write a number of articles for The Conversation in recent months. These include an item about the upcoming Commonwealth...

Ecologies of Performance

Introduction I have been thinking about patterns of performance in team games. One of the catalysts for this has been my participation in a Rugby Coaches'...