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Geeky Stats from the WWC

DeNunzio here. If you read Goff's story on the U.S. Women's World Cup team today on the Web, you may have missed this attractive set of data that ran on Page E1 today (courtesy of ace sports graphic editor Bonnie Berkowitz).

Just in case you are REALLY curious and want to see the full set of data behind that graphic, here it is. Take a look.

Besides the stuff we highlighted in the graphic (short version: the U.S. was statistically bad in 2007 group play, and third-place teams were the best they have been -- implying more depth in the tournament), here's what else caught my eye:

- The 1995 tournament -- which had just 12 teams, like 1991 -- seems to have had the strongest field, top to bottom. Fourth-place teams averaged a goal difference of -8 goals, significantly better than the usual negative 9.5-10 (so of course, FIFA expanded the field in 1999).
- Fourth-place teams did a good bit worse this year than the average of the first four WWCs -- allowing an average of 11.5 goals per team for a minus-10.3 GD. In the first four, the fourth-placers let up 10.7 goals per team for a minus-9.2 GD. Argentina (1 GF, 18 GA) and Ghana (3-15) take most of the blame here.
- There's been just one team to win its group with two wins and a loss: Germany 1995 (beat Japan 1-0, lost to Sweden 3-2 and beat Brazil 6-1). The Germans edged the Swedes for first on GD, then advanced all the way to the final, losing to Norway.
- Before this WWC, one team had won a group with two wins and a loss (see above) and four teams had won groups with two wins and a tie (so that means nine of 14 group winners -- 64 percent -- went 3-0-0). In 2007, three of the four group winners finished with two wins and a tie. (Only Brazil went 3-0-0).

Ok, this may set the record as the most boring post in Soccer Insider history (I just asked Steinberg a stat question and he said "Why ... oh, please tell me you're not still doing Women's World Cup stats!"). So, to salvage things, I give you this completely unrelated video ....

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 21, 2007; 3:35 PM ET
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Comments

Not my favorite home shopping mishap, the best one is the guy who bangs a sword on a table and well...you'll see the reults

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmRUaxq-QhU

Posted by: Tim | September 21, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by: cb | September 21, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

He went down faster than Carlos Ruiz in the box!

Posted by: #1 QVC Fan | September 21, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Based on this data, we will not be raising the number of midfielders today, but we will continue to monitor closely the developments in and around the middle third, especially in transition, and will not hesitate to act should England become irrationally exuberant.

Posted by: Greenspan | September 21, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'm a big fan of WWC, but I have to admit, you saved it for sure with the video. Classic! Kinda' went down easier than Blanco on the attack, didn't he?

Posted by: Nytshade | September 21, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse


Based on this data, we will not be raising the number of midfielders today, but we will continue to monitor closely the developments in and around the middle third, especially in transition, and will not hesitate to act should England become irrationally exuberant.

Posted by: Greenspan

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Well played, sir.

Posted by: Rob | September 21, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Not as fast to fall as CRonaldo.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | September 21, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I thought Blanco was overhyped by about 500% last night. More important than Beckham? I think not. And the blather continues on a different channel . . . B(lanco)SPN Deportes. He was a non-factor or worse, since he took up space that could more profitably been used by Rolfe.

I hope that Burch, out of Terrapin sympathy for Goodson, gets in some top quality shots against that Costa Rican dude. That guy seems like a filthy player based on slo mos last night. I've not watched him before.

Posted by: WNT fan | September 21, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder that tomorrow's action is a fight to the death, so if you are programming your VCR/DVR/Tivo/whatever, allow an extra 45 minutes or so per match for overtime/PKs.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 21, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Also for you DVR folks, the game is on a delay on Comcast Sportsnet once again....be sure to check your guide

Posted by: marksman | September 21, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | September 21, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Section 410 | September 21, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I think that Denilson is a load of crap. He is so flashy, yet ineffective.
Blanco same to some extent.

Posted by: Annandale United | September 21, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see this link on the SI FreeKicks column - it's to the UK version of Beckham Soccer USA. 5 min mark is the guide to American TV Commentary on Soccer and the clip ends with Angel expressing his displeasure with the football lines and playing on turf.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw0x0QGvr5E

Posted by: emanon | September 21, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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For those of you who support a DCU stadium in DC.

Posted by: AlexandriaDan | September 21, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Stats on the blog - fine, during the game while play is going on via a full screen graphic - bad

Posted by: CameronStation neighbor | September 21, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I always love the shopping channel mishaps. It's always fun to see them try to keep going while not cursing.

Posted by: sitruc | September 22, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

i was going to post the samurai sword one, glad to see someone took care of it

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