Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Statistically irrelevant perspective on the World Cup Quarter-Finals

The FIFA World Cup is a meeting ground of countries and now out of 32 qualifiers only 8 remain. Of course the fix is in as Canada did not even qualify, but I will leave that for another article. The quarterfinalists are remarkably similar to the entire field across several metrics (see below). They are slightly bigger, but not as wealthy. They are a nudge less literate but tend to live exactly the same.

The remaining match-ups are intriguing. Argentina v. Germany presents a case of a current economic giant versus a former economic giant. Uruguay v. Ghana gives us a middling Latin American micro-country vs. a poor African one. With the Netherlands v. Brazil is the case of a David v. Goliath (Brazil leading on numbers, but Netherlands with a far richer population). Finally Paraguay is the ultimate David v. Spain, with an economy 100 times smaller!

Remember though, on the pitch, the numbers don't matter!

Population     GDP   
     PPP/
    Capita
Literacy    
      Life exp.        
               (m)         ($Bn)           (US  000s)        (%)                    
           (yrs)

Argentina

40

328

14.28

97.6

75.3
v.
Germany82365035.419980

Uruguay

3.5

32

12.29

97.9

76
v.
Ghana23171.486556.6

Netherlands

16

871

42.13

99
80
v.
Brazil192105810.309072.4

Paraguay6164.8394.671.9
v.
Spain46160031.3597.981

Average

51.1

946.5

19.01

92.6

74.2
All Qualifiers Average42.0830.921.1693.174.2


All data is compiled from the World Bank Development Indicators for 2008, except for literacy rates which are from the UNDP 2009. For the overall averages of all qualifiers, the highest and lowest numbers were excluded from the calculation.


Now after you read, please enjoy the two music videos of the World Cup anthems. The first is by Shakira ('Waka Waka') based on an popular Cameroonian song (based itself on military chanting).




The second is by K'naan (Waving Flag), a Somali-Canadian artist; this one is the Arabic version with Nancy Ajram.

1 comment:

  1. Meant to post this a while ago...Fun with stats!

    http://tiny.cc/nb0le

    Like what you're doing with the site.
    -Rumi

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