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The Players

Awards

Germany won Brazil 2014. But what other individual awards have been given out during the tournament? The filters are now set to show the Golden Ball winner, the famous Lionel Messi. Play with the filters below to visualize the winners of other awards, or show the prizes won by a specific team, players occupying a specific position on the field, and much more.



Nationality and Club

The following five teams have five or more players that aren't born in the country they played for during Brazil 2014. Click "Explore" to see how all the teams compare.




About 35% of all the players selected to participate in the national squads weren't playing for a club based in their country during the previous football season. Use the drop-down filer to see how this percentage changes for the different Brazil 2014 competing teams



Looking closer, many of the players participating this year had been playing for either Munich, Manchester, Chelsea and Barcelona. 



On a country scale, about half of the 736 players had been playing for clubs based in England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. Ironically, with the exception of the winning Germany and France, the other three countries all didn't make it past the group stage. Use the filter to see how the distribution changes for specific national teams.



Top-Scorers

Among this year's players the majority almost 65% prefer using the right foot, and 12% have no preference. If we look at the top goleadores this difference seems to disappear: out the nine players who scored more than nine goals, four are left-footed and two use both feet interchangeably.  



Four players also scored own goals, an unlucky occurrence that striked happened to both the debuting team (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and to much more experienced hosting team.



Disciplinary record

After the 2006 edition and ZIdane's "head-collusion" with Materazzi, this year Italy was at the center of another notorious episode, the bite by Suárez - which consted him suspension from all the remaining matches of the tournament. Apart from him, other 18 players got suspended for at least one game - although for some the World Cup adventure ended before the suspensions could be officially announced.



The Teams

Confederations

This year FIFA allocated 53 spots for UEFA teams, 30 for South America, 17 for Africa, 16 for North America and 12 for Asia. Use the filters to see how these confederations survived through the different phases of the tournament. 



Winners, losers and everything in between

While Germany is the clear winner of this world cup, it might be interesting to look also at other metrics. For example, Argentina was competing for second place, but it actually had a lower average of points per game than the Netherlands, Colombia and Belgium.

Brazil was running for third place, despite having won less matches than Colombia and Belgium, who were stopped at the quarter-finals. 



A look at the difference between goals scored and goals received, reveals again how getting balls in the net isn't a guarantee of passing through the tournament. The finalist Argentina had a lower GD not only compared to the Netherlands (3rd), but also than France and Colombia - whose World Cup adventure stopped earlier.



Disciplinary Records

The number of yellow cards per game played reveals that Costa Rica, Honduras and Ivory Coast players were the most aggressive. A surprise comes from Greece. Interestingly, despite UEFA had the most teams in the tournament, Greece is the only UEFA team with 2 or more yellow cards on average per match.



The Matches

With its 2.7 average goals per match, this year shows a slight increase compared to previous editions and positions itself, along with 1998, as the tournament with the highest average of goals in the last 20 years.





A contribution to this high average comes from the many goal-dens matches, like the historical semi-final between Germany and Brazil. This match wasn't the only one with such a high number of balls on target.



The Referees

Twenty-four referees supervised the matches of the tournament. Use the following table and change the filters to see the statistics for the referees of the matches in the different phases of the tournament.



The Stadiums

Estadio Beria-Rio, with the 22 goals scored on its grass, is the stadium with the highest average of goals per match (4.4). The following heat map compares the stadiums in terms of average goals per match, and clicking on each location will reveal more stadium-related details. 



Rio's Maracanã stadium is the one with the highest attendance - both in terms of average attendence per match and in terms of attendance as a percentage of the capacity. On average 99% of its seats got filled. However the matches that took place in the stadium don't seem too have been too exciting, as this venue is the second-to last in terms of average goals scored per match (1.4)