First Round Games Goal Statistics

night

Starting XI
South Africa 2010: 16 games - 25 goals - 1.56 goals per game

Now compare that to:
Germany 2006: 16 games -39 goals - 2.44
Korea/Japan 2002: 16 games - 46 goals - 2.85
France 1998: 16 games - 37 goals - 2.31
USA 1994: 12 games - 30 goals - 2.50
Italy 1990: 12 games - 27 goals - 2.25

Blame it on whatever you want but this surely is bad news so far :(
 

Back Door Skip

Pedro
Staff member
Good post. I was wondering about that. Maybe it's the elevation or the vuvuzelas, fatigue or just a plain ****ty World Cup, but there aren't goals being scored so far.
 

KingPaulV

Starting XI
Well since 1990 was the worst world cup i have seen, this one is right on par really. althought today's game were much more decent....

I dont know what it is is like players are passing up clear goal scoring oportunities, the ball flies high; the vuvuzelas affect communication....etc....its definetly a combination of things
 

ShiftyPowers

Make America Great Again
1990 World Cup was awful; no goals, and all the late matches were won 1-0 on penalties.

I think part of the reason is the vuvuzelas, and I think the other half is the rise of defensive football. Between the emergence of the 4-2-3-1 and even some experimentation with 4-6-0 (not at the international level, but it was still successful in a very good league), managers realize now more than ever that keeping a clean sheet is priority #1.
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
I hope things get better in the second round of the group stage. We're only day 6. We have seen only 1/4 of the games so far. Hopefully the quarters/semis and final will be exciting.
 

curswine

Starting XI
I was looking at this the other day, pretty fascinating really, just can't see any proper explanation behind it though other than teams are just being far too defensive and and really trying to keep their clean sheet in tact.

Maybe it should be time to switch a couple of rules around, point for two goals maybe? Might make teams a bit more determined to score.
 

Gene Reginato

Youth Team
It's funny some players said Jabulani would help to score more goals, since its trajectory is crazy, but no, it seems to be messing with everything.
 

Ulysses

Youth Team
because it's difficult to control even for players and they can't make accurate passes, taking overs, driblings etc.
 

cmc211

Starting XI
night;2889723 said:
South Africa 2010: 16 games - 25 goals - 1.56 goals per game

Now compare that to:
Germany 2006: 16 games -39 goals - 2.44
Japan/Korea 2002: 16 games - 46 goals - 2.85
France 1998: 16 games - 37 goals - 2.31
USA 1994: 12 games - 30 goals - 2.50
Italy 1990: 12 games - 27 goals - 2.25

Blame it on whatever you want but this surely is bad news so far :(
It's Korea/Japan. In order to have the competition name to Korea/Japan, Japan held the final(In Yokohama).
 

KingPaulV

Starting XI
Ever sine that first round of games ended this world cup has suddenly become very good, with good football and decent scoring it can only get better....even unheralded matched have turned out to be stunners....USAvAlgeria; DenmarkvCameroon; SlovakiavItaly; South AfricavFrance....Good stuff keep it coming
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
Any doubts about the Jabulani now after Ozil's and Quagliarella's goals? The Portugal game also confirmed that there's nothing wrong with the Jabulani.
 

MaestroZidane

YELLOW CARD: Untrustworthy
Nobody wants to loose the first round... so I don't know why anyone would have expected there to be so many goals in the first round. Not to mention the fact that players are on that high of actually being in the world cup.

It is great to see how things have picked up though.
 

Lean

Fan Favourite
MaestroZidane;2895960 said:
Nobody wants to loose the first round... so I don't know why anyone would have expected there to be so many goals in the first round. Not to mention the fact that players are on that high of actually being in the world cup.

It is great to see how things have picked up though.

We didnt expect a goal-glut in the first patch of games. What we did expect tho was to see some half-enjoyable matches, and it was a big let down. Now we're getting to see some very good games, and if it weren't for the vuvuzelas, this WC would've been near greatness. Unfortunately that damn plastic horn makes all matches feel lifeless, since you dont get to hear the fans at all.
 


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