This year's FIFA World Cup has certainly delivered its share of excitement. I've put together a free application of FIFA World Cup stats that's available for your download from AnalyticsZone you'll want to check out ASAP.
In this World Cup there have been some surprising results for both team and player worth highlighting:
Tiny Costa Rica's winning of Group D;
Switzerland's stellar performance throughout the group stage finishing second in Group E and almost outperforming Argentina in today's Knockout match;
Luis Suarez's two goals coming off knee surgery barely 3 weeks earlier (I must add Luis Suarez's infamous bite against the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini perhaps? In some respects, yes, but it's not either a surprise or, more importantly, relevant to this discussion.)
Netherlands drubbing of 2010 World Cup winner Spain 5-0 in the opening round of the tournament;
Previous World Cup champion Spain's early exit in the first round. (To be fair Spain ended strongly beating Australia 3-0.):;
Columbia's winning of Group C convincingly;
Chile's fantastic appearance at the World Cup showing they're going to be a continued force to be reckoned with;
Nigeria's strong performance advancing into the Knockout Stage;
Mexico's phenomenal performance, especially from its goaltender Guillermo Ochoa;
Netherlands dynamic duo Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben steals the show in the first two rounds with their teammate Wesley Sneijder delivering in the 3rd match;
USA makes it through the so-called "Group of Death" (Group G) getting past a powerhouse like Ghana (2-1) and drawing with Portugal (2-2);
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When looking at the detailed match-to-match results in the Cognos Insight World Cup app I put together, there were a ton of insights that jumped out at me once I reviewed the data which surprised me and may surprise you too. Here's just one quick look at the attacks metric:
Attacks indicative of the final score? Not always.
Take Spain (109) vs. Netherlands (100) with a severely disproportionate score of Netherlands 5, Spain 0.
Some other attack differentials were Greece (134) vs. Columbia (110); England (130) vs. Italy (113) and many more you need to check out;
Similar to the previous point, Uruguay (78) vs. Costa Rica (67) - this match was judged by the low number of attacks alone was not one of the more exciting games. But, if you watched the match it was easily one of the best of the World Cup.
In this Cognos Insight app you'll find ready answers to the following questions:
Are corner kicks numbers a meaningful barometer for who wins the match?
Dangerous attacks at a higher count than your competitor result in a victory?
What about throw ins or shots on target?
Are number of saves a meaningful statistic determining the winner and loser?
Is James Rodriguez the overall most valuable player in the world cup so far? What do the stats say about him vs. Messi, Van Persie, Thomas Muller or even Arjen Robben?
Who is the Golden Ball winner of the tournament?
What about the Golden Boot winner?
Most importantly, what insights are you able to glean from this free application from AnalyticsZone?
I'll keep updating it with the latest team and player results so always check back to get an updated version for your review.
It would be great if you could also share some insights you uncovered from this 2014 FIFA World Cup Cognos Insight App because there's certainly more for the taking!