It’s been a while since the last post I made on this blog, but it’s World Cup season so I had to contribute something.
I’ve collected some player/team data from the FIFA website which anyone can download and find interesting stuff. I’ve only put basic data in there, nothing too technical, but there is a collection of passing and tracking stats and a handful of other categories for every game so far: World_Cup_2014_group_stage < Click to download data in .xlsx format
If you use this data and see any problems with it let me know. For the USA-Ghana match, a handful of the stats didn’t seem to be published in the usual format so that one is incomplete. I also noticed that the high-intensity distance covered stats for the same game looked strange (probably incorrect) – use with caution.
Here is a small selection of charts based on the published dataset…
(*NB I removed values for USA-Ghana in the above chart)
Srna and Di Maria pop up a couple of times with top speeds clocked over 31km/h. Aurier was observed at the fastest speed of 33.52km/h in the Ivory Coast-Colombia game.
For total distance covered Bradley makes 3 appearances in the top 20 for his efforts in all 3 games.