Wednesday, May 10, 2006

World Cup: vs the other 31



When I was looking up the Czech Republic's preformance against the top teams in their group, I got the idea to take a look at how all 32 World Cup teams have fared against only each other. So I went through each team's list of games on FIFA's web site, and recorded the information. This includes every type of game: friendlies, qualifying, continental championships, etc.

There's a lot of things to consider here. First, the number of games and quality of opposition for each team. And looking at the numbers alone can't tell you things like Brazil using their U23 team in the 2003 Gold Cup. But it's still very interesting to look at, and I don't think you'll find this stat anywhere else.

vs other World Cup teams

(ranked by PPG)



W L D Pts PPG GF GA GD
1 Spain 6 1 5 23 1.92 20 9 11
2 Mexico 18 7 7 61 1.91 41 27 14
3 France 9 1 9 36 1.89 27 12 15
4 Italy 7 1 8 29 1.81 27 16 11
5 England 9 4 5 32 1.78 31 21 10
6 Iran 5 3 2 17 1.70 14 13 1
7 United States 10 8 3 33 1.57 24 22 2
8 Portugal 6 3 7 25 1.56 22 18 4
9 Argentina 11 8 6 39 1.56 41 33 8
10 Czech Rep. 5 4 3 18 1.50 22 17 5
11 Brazil 10 8 7 37 1.48 38 27 11
12 Netherlands 6 4 8 26 1.44 22 19 3
13 Germany 9 8 6 33 1.43 40 38 2
14 South Korea 7 8 6 27 1.29 22 20 2
15 Paraguay 6 6 9 27 1.29 19 23 -4
16 Tunisia 5 6 3 18 1.29 17 20 -3
17 Japan 8 10 5 29 1.26 19 26 -7
18 Sweden 5 5 10 25 1.25 27 23 4
19 Croatia 4 5 4 16 1.23 14 19 -5
20 Poland 5 7 4 19 1.19 20 23 -3
21 Saudi Arabia 2 3 1 7 1.17 6 9 -3
22 Ukraine 2 4 1 7 1.00 6 10 -4
23 Ecuador 5 11 3 18 0.95 20 32 -12
24 Costa Rica 4 11 4 16 0.84 20 31 -11
25 Ghana 1 3 3 6 0.86 6 8 -2
26 Ivory Coast 1 3 1 4 0.80 7 10 -3
27 Angola 1 3 1 4 0.80 5 9 -4
28 Togo 1 3 1 4 0.80 5 9 -4
29 Australia 1 3 0 3 0.75 8 11 -3
30 Trinidad 1 6 2 5 0.56 5 15 -10
31 Serbia 1 9 5 8 0.53 12 27 -15
32 Switzerland 0 5 3 3 0.38 3 13 -10

Thoughts:

First of all, Iran is at #6. They did beat Ukraine in Kiev, but it's not like they have an incredible W/L record, or GD. So I wouldn't put much stock into it.

One thing I think we can take from this is that the lesser European teams haven't done so well. This despite every European team except Serbia favored to advance from their groups. There are going to be at least 3-4 of them who don't advance. Due to the European system, they really don't have to beat any great teams to qualify. Now of course teams like Ireland and Romania are pretty good, but it's not like any of those teams would fare much better on this list.

Europe's finest though, have nothing to worry about. Spain, France, Italy, and England are all very impressive.

Switzerland is the only team without a win, and they only scored 3 goals in those 8 games. Serbia's only victory came against Tunisia in March. Speaking of Tunisia, the've had more games than the other African teams, with a few decent results. Ranked higher than I would've though.

Two teams with absolutely horrible records are in the same group: Ecuador and Costa Rica. Poland's not too impressive either.

BTW, from 1998-2002, the USA's record against 2002 World Cup teams was 15-12-4. That's 1.58 PPG, almost exactly the same as the past four years.

Comments on "World Cup: vs the other 31"

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM, May 10, 2006) : 

I was linked here from http://www.worldcupblog.org, and i just have to say that this is a very interesting angle from which to look at the final 32.

Well done!

 

Blogger girlysportsrant said ... (11:50 AM, May 10, 2006) : 

Very well done. Thanks for the info.

Looks like Mexico is a very seasoned and veteran team. They've played the most matches (32) on your list.

Switerland are indeed terrible, will definately lose to Korea.

 

Blogger I-66 said ... (11:59 AM, May 10, 2006) : 

I never would have thought of this - it's quite well-concieved.

I'm surprised to see Brazil at 11, but they definitely don't always have their full side out there...

 

Anonymous Queso said ... (8:00 PM, May 10, 2006) : 

HA swiss will make it to second round!!!

 

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