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Spain, Paraguay best defences in World Cup

Wednesday, 14th July 2010 6:15am
In the just ended FIFA 2010 World Cup, Spain and Paraguay had the best defences with the lowest goals per games ratio.

Spain had the best defence conceding just two goals in seven matches but Paraguay came second conceding also two goals but in five matches.

After five matches, Paraguay and Uruguay were on the same footing with two goals conceded but Uruguay went on to concede a further six goals in its next two matches to slip down the defence ranking.

Switzerland and Portugal each conceded one goal each but the Swiss only played three matches and Portugal four.

Portugal and Uruguay were in fact the only two teams not to concede a goal in the group stages.

Below is table showing all the goals conceded by each team:


TeamGoals
Switzerland1
Portugal1
Spain2
Paraguay2
New Zealand2
Japan2
Algeria2
Slovenia3
Serbia3
Ivory Coast3
Honduras3
Ghana4
France4
Brazil4
USA5
South Africa5
Nigeria5
Mexico5
Italy5
Greece5
Germany5
England5
Chile5
Cameroon5
Netherlands6
Denmark6
Australia6
Argentina6
Slovakia7
Uruguay8
Korea8
Korea DPR12


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World Cup goals decline in 2010

Wednesday, 14th July 2010 5:43am
The number of goals scored in the FIFA 2010 World Cup was the lowest since the 64 match, 32 team format was adopted in 1998.

A total of 145 goals were scored with 59 scored in the first half and the remaining 86 in the second.

This number is not very much different from the goals scored four years when 147 goals were scored.

But there is a huge difference when this is compared with 2002 and 1998 where 161 and 171 goals were scored as shown in the table below:


World CupGoals
2010145
2006147
2002161
1998171


If the decline in the number of goals continues in 2014 its quite possible that the number of goals scored then could be less than the 141 scored in the 1994 edition hosted by the United States but which featured 24 teams and 52 matches.

The table below shows the number of goals scored by each team:


TeamGoals
Honduras0
Algeria0
Switzerland1
Korea DPR1
France1
Serbia2
New Zealand2
Greece2
Cameroon2
South Africa3
Slovenia3
Paraguay3
Nigeria3
England3
Denmark3
Chile3
Australia3
Mexico4
Japan4
Ivory Coast4
Italy4
USA5
Slovakia5
Ghana5
Korea6
Portugal7
Spain8
Brazil9
Argentina10
Uruguay11
Netherlands12
Germany16

Total Goals Scored : 145

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Blackpool opts for away start

Tuesday, 13th July 2010 7:23am
Blackpool will kick off their Premier League campaign at the DW Stadium instead of their home ground Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's first ever premiership match will now be in the third round when they host Arsenal.

There is work at the moment at Bloomfield Road to boost the capacity of the stadium to 17,600 and its assumed that by the time the Gunners visit that work would have been completed.

Blackpool will now host Wigan on the weekend of April 16, 2011.


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Spain lifts World Cup

Monday, 12th July 2010 1:42pm
Spain world the FIFA 2010 World Cup after beating the Netherlands 1-nil in the final played at the Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Spain who were playing in their maiden World Cup final, made it third time unlucky for the Netherlands who had lost in the final twice before.

Like the previous matches in the knockout stages, Spain won by scoring just one goal but this time the goal was scored in extra time after the match finished goalless after ninety minutes.

Spain's goal was 145th of the tournament and Spain conceded just two in the whole tournament.

The Netherlands had gone into the final unbeaten and they found it hard to score against that last conceded a goal in the group stages.

Today I will just show the table that includes all the matches played and see how it looks now that the tournament is finished.

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Netherlands 7 6 01 126 618
Spain 7 6 01 82 618
Germany 7 5 02 165 1115
Argentina 5 4 01 106 412
Uruguay 7 3 22 118 311
Brazil 5 3 11 94 510
Ghana 5 2 21 54 18
Japan 4 2 11 42 27
Paraguay 5 1 31 32 16
Chile 4 2 02 35 -26
Portugal 4 1 21 71 65
USA 4 1 21 55 05
England 4 1 21 35 -25
Ivory Coast 3 1 11 43 14
Slovenia 3 1 11 33 04
Switzerland 3 1 11 11 04
Mexico 4 1 12 45 -14
Korea 4 1 12 68 -24
Slovakia 4 1 12 57 -24
South Africa 3 1 11 35 -24
Australia 3 1 11 36 -34
New Zealand 3 0 30 22 03
Serbia 3 1 02 23 -13
Denmark 3 1 02 36 -33
Greece 3 1 02 25 -33
Italy 3 0 21 45 -12
Nigeria 3 0 12 35 -21
Algeria 3 0 12 02 -21
France 3 0 12 14 -31
Honduras 3 0 12 03 -31
Cameroon 3 0 03 25 -30
Korea DPR 3 0 03 112 -110

So this being a goal difference based table, Netherlands finishes top on number of goals scored but it would have been different if I consider head to head.


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World Cup final: Netherlands vs Spain

Sunday, 11th July 2010 6:46am
The 2010 FIFA World Cup final will feature two teams that have never won the competition before as the Netherlands take on Spain.

It will be the third final for the Dutch but for Spain its the first time to reach this stage.

The Netherlands are unbeaten so far having won all their matches and they have scored 12 goals in the process and are currently second in the goal scoring charts behind Germany.

Spain hasn't been scoring many goals since the knockout stages and the knockout stage matches have all been won by an odd goal.

In the group stages Spain two goals against Honduras and Chile and they got their highest winning margin against Honduras.

Chile was the last team to score against Spain and the only other team to score against them was Switzerland.

Now I will take a look at the winning trend for the Netherlands:


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Netherlands leading at half time, Netherlands winning at full time 233.3
Netherlands leading at half time, Netherlands losing at full time 00.0
Netherlands trailing at half time, Netherlands winning at full time 116.7
Netherlands trailing at half time, Netherlands losing at full time 00.0
Netherlands drawing at half time, Netherlands winning at full time 350.0
Netherlands drawing at half time, Netherlands losing at full time 00.0
Matches ending in result 6100.0

So the Dutch have 100% winning record and its important to note both teams have not played extra time so far.

The winning trend for Spain:

TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Spain leading at half time, Spain winning at full time 233.3
Spain leading at half time, Spain losing at full time 00.0
Spain trailing at half time, Spain winning at full time 00.0
Spain trailing at half time, Spain losing at full time 00.0
Spain drawing at half time, Spain winning at full time 350.0
Spain drawing at half time, Spain losing at full time 116.7
Matches ending in result 6100.0
All Spain's six matches have not finished in a draw.

The majority of Spain's wins have come in a match when they have gone into the break drawn and then score the winning goal in the second half.

So it will be interesting to see what changes in the trends will take place for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final as one team ends as a loser.


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Germans finish third

Sunday, 11th July 2010 6:32am
Germany finished third for the fourth time in the World Cup after beating Uruguay 3-2 in the 2010 FIFA Third place playoff match.

Germany scored the first goal but the match was tied going into half time.

Soon after half time the Germans saw themselves behind as Uruguay became the first team to score more than one goal against Germany at this tournament.

Germany came from behind to secure the bronze medal.

This was Uruguay's second successive 3-2 loss having lost by the same scoreline against the Dutch in the semi-final match.

From having conceded just two goals before the semis, Uruguay have now gone from 2 conceded to 8 conceded in just two matches.

The table below shows the number of goals each team has conceded with just one more match to go:


TeamGoals
Switzerland1
Portugal1
Spain2
Paraguay2
New Zealand2
Japan2
Algeria2
Slovenia3
Serbia3
Ivory Coast3
Honduras3
Ghana4
France4
Brazil4
USA5
South Africa5
Nigeria5
Netherlands5
Mexico5
Italy5
Greece5
Germany5
England5
Chile5
Cameroon5
Denmark6
Australia6
Argentina6
Slovakia7
Uruguay8
Korea8
Korea DPR12

Total Goals Conceded : 144

Unless the Dutch can score four goals against Spain in the final, Germany will finish the tournament as the highest scorers with 16 goals.


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Bronze medal match: Uruguay vs Germany

Saturday, 10th July 2010 9:24pm
Uruguay will play Germany to decided the third placed team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Uruguay has had a very good run at this year's tournament but lost narrowly to the Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Before the semis Uruguay had not conceded more than one goal in a match and in the group stages they came out with a clean sheet.

Germany lost to Spain in its semi-final match and this was its second defeat of the tournament having lost to Serbia in the group stages.

Apart from that defeat Germany had been very impressive and scored four goals in three different matches including a 4-nil drubbing of Argentina in the quarters.

So taking a quick look at the winning trend for Uruguay:


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Uruguay leading at half time, Uruguay winning at full time 375.0
Uruguay leading at half time, Uruguay losing at full time 00.0
Uruguay trailing at half time, Uruguay winning at full time 00.0
Uruguay trailing at half time, Uruguay losing at full time 00.0
Uruguay drawing at half time, Uruguay winning at full time 00.0
Uruguay drawing at half time, Uruguay losing at full time 125.0
Matches ending in result 466.7


The other match not shown here was won on penalties against Ghana.

For Germany here has been the winning trend:


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Germany leading at half time, Germany winning at full time 350.0
Germany leading at half time, Germany losing at full time 00.0
Germany trailing at half time, Germany winning at full time 00.0
Germany trailing at half time, Germany losing at full time 116.7
Germany drawing at half time, Germany winning at full time 116.7
Germany drawing at half time, Germany losing at full time 116.7
Matches ending in result 6100.0

Germany has so far not been stretched to extra time and it would be interesting to see what happens should this match reach that far.


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Spain reaches maiden World Cup final

Thursday, 8th July 2010 1:45pm
Spain reached its first World Cup final after beating Germany 1-nil in the second semi-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Spain will now meet the Netherlands who beat Uruguay to reach their third final.

Spain won by by an odd goal which is the same scoreline for all their knockout matches.

Germany went into the semi-final having only lost once and having scored 13 goals but they could not find the net against Spain.

The second half goal was enough for Spain to reach its first final in a match were no cautions were issued which could be the only match where that has happened so far.

I will take a look at the table that puts all the results together so far:


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Netherlands 6 6 00 125 718
Spain 6 5 01 72 515
Germany 6 4 02 133 1012
Argentina 5 4 01 106 412
6Uruguay 6 3 21 95 411
Brazil 5 3 11 94 510
Ghana 5 2 21 54 18
Japan 4 2 11 42 27
Paraguay 5 1 31 32 16
Chile 4 2 02 35 -26
Portugal 4 1 21 71 65
USA 4 1 21 55 05
England 4 1 21 35 -25
Ivory Coast 3 1 11 43 14
Slovenia 3 1 11 33 04
Switzerland 3 1 11 11 04
Mexico 4 1 12 45 -14
Korea 4 1 12 68 -24
Slovakia 4 1 12 57 -24
South Africa 3 1 11 35 -24
Australia 3 1 11 36 -34
New Zealand 3 0 30 22 03
Serbia 3 1 02 23 -13
Denmark 3 1 02 36 -33
Greece 3 1 02 25 -33
Italy 3 0 21 45 -12
Nigeria 3 0 12 35 -21
Algeria 3 0 12 02 -21
France 3 0 12 14 -31
Honduras 3 0 12 03 -31
Cameroon 3 0 03 25 -30
Korea DPR 3 0 03 112 -110


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Dutch beat Uruguay to reach third final

Wednesday, 7th July 2010 2:00pm
The Netherlands reached its third World Cup final after beating Uruguay 3-2 in the first semi-final of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

The Dutch scored first but Uruguay responded to get the match drawn at half time.

In the second half the Dutch scored two goals in less than five minutes to lead 3-1 and the Uruguay made for a closer scoreline with a goal in injury time.

This was the first time for both teams to concede more than one goal at this tournament.

At this point I will take a look at the scorelines so far this tournament and with three matches left:


ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 7
0 - 1 9
0 - 2 3
0 - 3 2
0 - 4 1
1 - 0 6
1 - 1 7
1 - 2 5
1 - 3 1
2 - 0 3
2 - 1 6
2 - 2 2
2 - 3 1
3 - 0 1
3 - 1 2
3 - 2 1
4 - 0 1
4 - 1 2
7 - 0 1

Portugal's 7-nil is still the most outstanding scoreline with no other team scoring more than four goals.


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Adelaide settles for Coolen

Tuesday, 6th July 2010 1:49pm
Adelaide United has appointed Rini Coolen to be its coach to replace Aurelio Vidmar who left to work in the Socceroos setup.

Adelaide who finished bottom in the A-League last season managed to reach the knockout stages of the Asian Champions League.

In the last six years Coolen has coached FC Twente, AGOVV Apeldoorn and RBC Roosendaal having retired from playing fifteen years ago.

Coolen's first match in the 2010/11 A-League season will be a home match against Newcastle Jets at the Hindmarsh Stadium.


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Germany demolishes Argentina

Sunday, 4th July 2010 2:03am
Germany scored four goals in a match for the third time in the 2010 FIFA World Cup when they beat Argentina 4-nil in the quarter-finals.

The South Americans had never failed to scored in a match but they faced an efficient German team that seemed to score with every attack.

Australia and England had all conceded four goals against Germany and now Argentina has joined them.

The Germans are now the leading goalscorers in the tournament as shown in the table below:


TeamGoals
Honduras0
Algeria0
Switzerland1
Korea DPR1
France1
Serbia2
New Zealand2
Greece2
Cameroon2
South Africa3
Slovenia3
Paraguay3
Nigeria3
England3
Denmark3
Chile3
Australia3
Mexico4
Japan4
Ivory Coast4
Italy4
USA5
Spain5
Slovakia5
Ghana5
Korea6
Uruguay7
Portugal7
Netherlands9
Brazil9
Argentina10
Germany13

Total Goals Scored : 132


Argentina are still second in the scoring charts but Germany can still increase this tally with two more matches to play.

Germany will now meet the winner between Spain and Paraguay.


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WC Quarter-finals : Argentina vs Germany

Saturday, 3rd July 2010 8:07pm
One of the most interesting battles in the 2010 FIFA World Cup will see Argentina battle it out against Germany.

The two teams met at the same stage in the 2006 edition and Germany came up winners after a penalty shootout.

Argentina go into this match unbeaten so far whereas Germany lost to Serbia in the group stages.

Both teams have conceded two goals so far but Argentina has scored ten goals compared to Germany's nine.

The table below shows the comparison stats based on the group stages only:


GermanyArgentina
Played33
Points69
Drawn00
Won23
Lost10
Goal difference46
Clean sheets22
Failed to score10
Goals scored57
Goals conceded11
Ave. goals scored1.72.3
Ave. goals conceded0.30.3
Biggest winGermany 4 - 0 Australia
Argentina 4 - 1 Korea
Biggest lossGermany 0 - 1 Serbia
No loss
Score 3 or more22
Concede 3 or more00
Home matches
Played22
Points36
Drawn00
Won12
Lost10
Goal difference34
Goals scored45
Goals conceded11
Ave. goals scored2.02.5
Ave. goals conceded0.50.5
Away matches
Played11
Points33
Drawn00
Won11
Lost00
Goal difference12
Goals scored12
Goals conceded00
Ave. goals scored1.02.0
Ave. goals conceded0.00.0

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Brazil slump to shock defeat

Saturday, 3rd July 2010 8:02pm
Favourites Brazil exited the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa after losing 2-1 to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

The world number one team had entered the competition as favourites and they looked on course when they scored the first goal.

Brazil becomes the first team to get to half time in the lead and then lose as shown in the following which shows all the trends for matches that have ended in a result:


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Home team leading at half time, home team winning at full time 1433.3
Away team leading at half time, away team winning at full time 1228.6
Home team trailing at half time, home team winning at full time 12.4
Away team trailing at half time, away team winning at full time 00.0
Draw at half time, home team winning at full time 819.0
Draw at half time, away team winning at full time 716.7
Matches ending in result 4272.4

The Netherlands will now meet Uruguay who beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties.


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Liverpool appoints Hodgson

Thursday, 1st July 2010 10:57pm
Liverpool has appointed Roy Hodgson to take over from Rafa Benitez who left the club after the end of last season.

Hodgson leaves Fulham which he took to the Europa Cup final where his team lost to Atletico Madrid.

The much travelled manager will try to try and arrest the decline at Anfield with the team finishing seventh last season and winning no silverware.

Liverpool had finished second at the end of the 2008/9 season and there were hopes that the team would even try and win the Premiership but the Anfield outfit ended up fighting for a Europa Cup placing.

Hodgson's first premiership match will be against Arsenal at Anfield.


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