Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

19 June 2014

Africa: Six World Cup Stats to Make You Love This Tournament Even More

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What is a World Cup without a few interesting stats? The opening games have dished up some serious entertainment with goals galore and teams coming from behind to win. We've picked out six stats to make you love this World Cup even more.

The 2014 Soccer World Cup has been seriously entertaining. Many have said that it's the most exciting tournament since the 1998 edition in France. And who can argue? It has had everything. From dodgy hairstyles to red cards, own goals, Pepe being Pepe, Fernando Torres being Fernando Torres and some outstanding passing tapestry from some of the world's biggest stars.

Stats can be complicated, but there are a few which have lit up this World Cup. Whether they are meaningful or not hardly matters; they are fun, just like this World Cup.

There have been 49 goals in just 16 games

Goals, goals and more goals have made up the theme of this World Cup. Only Nigeria and Iran played to a 0-0 draw in those 16 matches, and the tournament has averaged 3.06 goals per game. Some of those have been through horror defending, others have been through sheer magic. It has repeated...

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