Scoring Statistics for the 2010 World Cup

We have seen some great goals so far. David Villa of Spain, Landon Donovan of the USA and Maicon of Brazil have stood out to me among many “golazos.” It sounds better in Spanish, don’t you think? The free kicks by Yasuhito Endo and Keisuke Honda of Japan against Denmark were clinical. Those gentlemen should be doing field testing for the adidas Jabulani.

According to the Univision television network, it was the first time since 1974 that one team had scored a brace from free kicks during one half of play. Hopefully, the next round will bring us many more great moments.

Which have been some of your favorite goals from the first round?

Scoring Statistics from the First Round

  • 6 games ended 0 – 0 = 12.50%
  • 6 games ended 1 – 1 = 12.50%
  • 13 games ended 1 – 0 = 27.00%
  • 6 games ended 2 – 0 = 12.50%
  • 7 games ended 2 – 1 = 15%
  • 2 games ended 2 – 2 = 4%
  • 2 games ended 3 – 0 = 4%
  • 2 games ended 3 – 1 = 4%
  • 1 game ended 3 – 2 = 2%
  • 1 game ended 4 – 0 = 2%
  • 1 game ended 4 – 1 = 2%
  • 1 game ended 7 – 0 = 2%
  • 31 games had 2 or fewer goals.
  • 17 games had at least 3 goals.

101 total goals scored in 48 matches = 2.10 goals per game.

Scoring Statistics from the Round of 16

  • 1 game ended 0 – 0 = 12.5%
  • 1 game ended 1 – 0 = 12.5%
  • 1 game ended 3 – 0 = 12.5%
  • 1 game ended 3 – 1 = 12.5%
  • 1 game ended 4 – 1 = 12.5%
  • 3 games ended 2 – 1 = 37.5%
  • 2 games had fewer than 2 goals.
  • 6 games had 3 goals or more.

22 total goals scored in eight matches = 2.75 per game.
123 total goals scored in 56 games = 2.20 per game.

Scoring Statistics from the Quarterfinals

  • 1 game ended 1 – 0 = 25%
  • 1 game ended 1 – 1 = 25%
  • 1 game ended 2 – 1 = 25%
  • 1 game ended 4 – 0 = 25%
  • 2 games had fewer than 2 goals.
  • 1 game had 3 goals.
  • 1 game had 4 goals.

10 total goals = 2.50 per game.
133 total goals in 60 games = 2.22 per game.

Scoring Statistics from the Semifinals

  • 1 game ended 3 – 2 = 50%
  • 1 game ended 1 – 0 = 50%

6 total goals = 3.00 per game.
139 total goals in 62 games = 2.24 per game.

Scoring Statistics from the Third Place Game & Final

  • 1 game ended 3 -2 = 50%
  • 1 game ended 1 -0 = 50%

6 total goals = 3.00 per game.
145 total goals in 64 game = 2.27 per game.

31 matches were decided by 1 goal.

Records

Golden Boot Winner: Thomas Muller (Germany)
Golden Ball Winner: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

Top Scorer: 5, David Villa (Spain), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Thomas Muller (Germany)
Most Assists: 3, Kaka (Brazil), Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands), Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
Most Man of the Match Awards: 4, Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
Hat Trick(s): Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina vs Korea Republic)
Fastest Goal: Thomas Muller, 3′ (Germany vs Argentina)
Penalties (excluding shoot-outs): 15 (9 converted – 60%)
Most Goals (Team): 16 (Germany)
Least Goals (Team): Zero (Algeria and Honduras)
Most Goals Conceded (Team): 12 (Korea DPR)
Own Goals: 2, Park Chu Young, Korea Republic and Simon Poulsen, Denmark
Most Clean Sheets: 5, Spain

Source

Yellow Cards: 260, 4.07 per game
Most Yellow Cards (Player): 3, Kaka (Brazil), Aleksandar Lukovic (Serbia)
Most Yellow Cards (Team): 25, Netherlands
Most Yellow Cards (Referee): 31, Howard Webb (England) in four games
Red Cards: 17
Most Red Cards (Team): 3, Alegria, Brazil and Uruguay
Most Red Cards (Referee): 4, Hector Baldassi (Argentina), Oscar Ruiz (Colombia), Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico), Yuichi Noshimura (Japan)

Source

The following translation will give you an idea of the financial rewards at stake in South Africa.

Financial Breakdown: Winner Earns US $30 million and $10 million Guaranteed to the Rest

“Chi vincerà il Mondiale di Sudafrica 2010 riceverà un premio di 30 milioni di dollari (circa 20,5 milioni d’euro). Lo ha annunciato oggi il segretario generale della Fifa Jerome Valcke al termine dell’Esecutivo svoltosi a Robben Island, isola a 12 km dalla costa di Città del Capo che era sede del carcere dov’era rinchiuso Nelson Mandela.

La somma minima che toccherà ad ogni squadra eliminata al termine della prima fase, ha rivelato Valcke, sarà di 9 milioni di dollari (5,9 milioni d’euro). “E ciò vuol dire – ha precisato il segretario della Fifa – un incremento generale del 61% rispetto alle somme versate per i Mondiali del 2006”. Il dirigente ha poi ricordato che ciascuna delle 32 federazioni dei Paesi qualificati “ha già ricevuto un milione di dollari per le spese di preparazione”.

La Fifa metterà a disposizione anche 40 milioni di dollari (26,5 milioni d’euro) come “indennizzo globale” da versare ai club che metteranno i loro giocatori a disposizione delle varie nazionali“.

“Whoever wins the World Cup in South Africa will receive a prize of $30 million dollars (about €20.5 million euros.) This was announced today by the Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, at the end of the Executive Meeting held on Robben Island, which is 12 kilometers from the coast near Cape Town. This was the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

The minimum sum awarded to any team eliminated in the first phase, revealed by Valcke, will be $9 million dollars (€5.9 million euros). ‘And this will be on overall increase of 61% in respect to the sums awarded at the 2006 World Cup,’ according to the Secretary General. The Director then mentioned that each of the 32 qualified teams ‘has already received $1 million dollars for preparation expenses.’

FIFA will also make available $40 million dollars (€26.5 million euros) as a ‘global indemnity fund‘ to distribute to various club teams who make their players available for the various national teams.”

Italian Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, December 3, 2009.

Also see: World Cup Statistics | Watch World Cup Live Online.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, editor and translator from Washington, D.C. He writes the World Football Commentaries blog. He has written for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Italian soccer school), Football Media, Keeper Skool and Soccerlens.

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