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Celebrating World Cup performance

This has been a remarkable World Cup for those interested in the analysis of performance. There has been an enormous growth in the data available in football since the last World Cup in South Africa. The…

Express Yourself: why do World Cup stars matter?

It’s been a terrible World Cup. Germany and Argentina in the final. Again. Mario Balotelli on an early plane back to Italy. James Rodriguez sent home in tears. Neymar almost paralysed. Meanwhile, everyone’s…

Brazil and Argentina: a friendly rivalry

Argentineans have invaded Brazil during the World Cup. While Brazilians have had (and will continue to have) plenty of political, economic and social issues to deal with as a consequence of the tournament…

Off the scale

Match 61 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the semi-final between Brazil and Germany, was a record-breaker. It was Germany, not Brazil, creating the records after a 7-1 victory at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo…

The World Cup’s final four

Brazil, Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands have made it through to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. The big surprise of the tournament is that Spain is not one of the semi-finalists. Spain came…

Fair dinkum fans – are Aussies the best?

Watching the World Cup from Australia (and briefly in Vanuatu) has been a novel, and revealing, experience. This tournament (and other recent mega events such as the Summer and Winter Olympic Games) has…

Penalty shootouts: who is in control?

There have been two penalty shootouts – between Brazil and Chile, and Costa Rica and Greece – in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup after just four games. The team that took the first penalty (and scored…

Live sites: where everybody knows your game

Mega sport events such as the FIFA World Cup have created the phenomenon of the “live site”, an off-site public space for fans and supporters to gather together to watch the game. In Melbourne, Federation…