UPDATE: WC STATS: Historical Inter-Regional results

UPDATE: WC STATS: Historical Inter-Regional results

Post by Stephen Halch » Fri, 22 Jul 1994 05:29:27

First, a trivia question:

Name the first European nation to win the World Cup in the western
hemisphere. (Hint - there are 2)
Answer at the end of this post.

These tables have been updated since I last posted them to include the
1994 results. Comments on each grouping are strictly my opinion, yours
may vary.

A few notes:

1. Games which were decided on penalty kicks (there were only a few)
were counted as draws.
2. Oceania is included with Asia since the two Oceanian teams which
qualified (Australia in 1974 and New Zealand in 1982) did so by
competing against Asian teams.
3. Isreal's 1970 results are included as part of Asia as they were in
this region for qualifying (they are now considered part of Europe,
much to the chagrin of France 8).

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. Europe

SA v E  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1930    8  5  0  3  15  10  1.88 1.25 3.13
1934    2  0  0  2   3   6  1.50 3.00 4.50
1938    5  3  1  1  14  11  2.80 2.20 5.00
1950   10  4  3  3  24  16  2.40 1.60 4.00
1954    7  3  1  3  19  14  2.71 2.00 4.71
1958   12  7  2  3  30  26  2.50 2.17 4.67
1962   17  9  3  5  25  24  1.47 1.41 2.88
1966   12  4  2  6  11  17  0.92 1.42 2.33
1970   10  6  1  3  17  11  1.55 1.00 2.55
1974   13  1  6  6   7  20  0.54 1.54 2.08
1978   13  8  3  2  19   9  1.46 0.69 2.15
1982   10  3  1  6  16  20  1.60 2.00 3.60
1986   13  7  4  2  23  17  1.77 1.31 3.08
1990   12  3  5  4   9  11  0.75 0.92 1.67
1994   12  5  2  5  17  15  1.42 1.25 2.67
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TOTAL 155 68 34 54 249 227  1.61 1.46 3.07

Contrary to popular opinion, European teams did not dominate South
American teams at USA94. The 12 matchups were split evenly, with South
American teams having the slight advantage in goals scored. The number
of goals per match, even with the disappointing scoreless final, were
up a full goal over Italia 90 and are almost at the overall average.
South America still has a considerable lead overall, but Europe is improving.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. CONCACAF

SA v C  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1930    3  2  0  1   9   6  3.00 2.00 5.00
1950    2  2  0  0   9   2  4.50 1.00 5.50
1954    1  1  0  0   5   0  5.00 0.00 5.00
1962    1  1  0  0   2   0  2.00 0.00 2.00
1966    1  0  1  0   0   0  0.00 0.00 0.00
1974    1  1  0  0   4   1  4.00 1.00 5.00
1982    1  1  0  0   2   0  2.00 0.00 2.00
1986    1  0  1  0   1   1  1.00 1.00 2.00
1990    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00
1994    2  1  0  1   2   2  1.00 1.00 2.00
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TOTAL  14 10  2  2  35  12  2.50 0.86 3.36

South America suffered its first loss to a CONCACAF team since 1930. In
both cases, the US was the team to do the damage (2-1 over Colombia in
1994 and 3-0 over Paraguay in 1930). Goals are back up to recent levels.
Overall, South America continues to dominate.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. Africa

SA v A  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1970    1  1  0  0   3   0  3.00 0.00 3.00
1974    1  1  0  0   3   0  3.00 0.00 3.00
1982    2  0  1  1   2   3  1.00 1.50 2.50
1986    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00
1990    2  0  0  2   1   3  0.50 1.50 2.00
1994    2  2  0  0   5   1  2.50 0.50 3.00
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TOTAL   9  5  1  3  15   7  1.67 0.78 2.45

South American teams seem to have overcome the recent problems they
have had with African teams. Goals are up a full point over Italia 90
and overall, the two continents are evenly matched.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. Asia/Oceania

SA v AO P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1966    1  0  1  0   1   1  1.00 1.00 2.00
1970    1  1  0  0   2   0  2.00 0.00 2.00
1974    1  0  1  0   0   0  0.00 0.00 0.00
1978    1  1  0  0   4   1  4.00 1.00 5.00
1982    1  1  0  0   4   0  4.00 0.00 4.00
1986    2  2  0  0   4   1  2.00 0.50 2.50
1990    2  2  0  0   3   0  1.50 0.00 1.50
1994    1  0  1  0   0   0  0.00 0.00 0.00
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TOTAL  10  7  3  0  18   3  1.80 0.30 2.10

Asia scored its first point against a South American team in 20 years.
They have still to score a win and have done nothing to improve the low
number of goals per game.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Europe vs. CONCACAF

E v C   P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1930    2  1  0  1   4   3  2.00 1.50 3.50
1934    1  1  0  0   7   1  7.00 1.00 8.00
1938    4  2  1  1  18   5  4.50 1.25 5.75
1950    4  3  0  1   9   4  2.25 1.00 3.75
1954    2  2  0  0   8   2  4.00 1.00 5.00
1958    3  2  1  0   8   1  2.67 0.33 3.00
1962    2  1  0  1   2   3  1.00 1.50 2.50
1966    2  1  1  0   3   1  1.50 0.50 2.00
1970    5  3  1  1   9   2  1.80 0.40 2.20
1974    2  2  0  0  10   1  5.00 0.50 5.50
1978    2  2  0  0   9   1  4.50 0.50 5.00
1982    5  3  2  0  14   3  2.80 0.60 3.40
1986    6  3  1  2   6   4  1.00 0.67 1.67
1990    6  4  0  2  13   6  2.17 1.00 3.17
1994    6  2  3  1   6   5  1.00 0.83 1.83
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TOTAL  52 32 10 10 126  42  2.42 0.81 3.23

Europe continues to struggle against a supposedly inferior CONCACAF
conference. At USA94 they were narrowly better than their overseas
opponents. This was one of the few matchups where the number of goals
per match dropped significantly. The results were remarkably similar to
Mexico 86. Similar playing conditions may account for part of this.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Europe vs. Africa

E v A   P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1934    1  1  0  0   4   2  4.00 2.00 6.00
1970    2  1  1  0   3   2  1.50 1.00 2.50
1974    2  2  0  0  11   0  5.50 0.00 5.50
1978    2  1  1  0   1   0  0.50 0.00 0.50
1982    4  1  2  1   4   3  1.00 0.75 1.75
1986    5  2  2  1   6   4  1.20 0.80 2.00
1990    6  3  2  1  10   5  1.67 0.83 2.50
1994    8  5  1  2  16  10  2.00 1.25 3.25
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TOTAL  30 16  9  5  55  26  1.83 0.87 2.70

European nations appear to have solved the African puzzle, although a
few of the matches could have gone the other way at USA94. Both
conferences have improved the number of goals scored.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Europe vs. Asia/Oceania

E v AO  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1954    2  2  0  0  16   0  8.00 0.00 8.00
1966    4  2  1  1   9   5  2.25 1.25 3.50
1970    2  0  2  0   1   1  0.50 0.50 1.00
1974    2  2  0  0   5   0  2.50 0.00 2.50
1978    2  1  1  0   1   0  0.50 0.00 0.50
1982    5  4  1  0  14   4  2.80 0.80 3.60
1986    3  2  1  0   6   4  2.00 1.33 3.33
1990    4  4  0  0  14   3  3.50 0.75 4.25
1994    5  3  1  1  10   7  2.00 1.40 3.40
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TOTAL  29 20  7  2  76  24  2.62 0.83 3.45

Asian teams fared far better than expected against Europe. The first
recorded win by an Asian team (Saudi Arabia 1-0 over Belgium) since the
North Korean win over Italy in 1966. Goal scoring on the part of the
Asians has improved, seemingly at the expense of the Europeans.

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Africa vs. CONCACAF

A v C   P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1978    1  1  0  0   3   1  3.00 1.00 4.00

In 1994, there are no Africa vs. CONCACAF matchups

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: CONCACAF vs. Asia/Oceania

CA v AO P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1986    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00

In 1994, there are no CONCACAF vs. Asia/Oceania matchups

WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Asia/Oceania vs. Africa

AO v A  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1994    1  1  0  0   2   1  2.00 1.00 3.00

In the first clash of its type in World Cup finals, Asia once again
proved the pundits wrong by coming out on top over Africa (Saudi Arabia
2-1 over Morocco). Hopefully, future clashes will bring similar
e***ment.

And finally, the trivia answer:

Name the first European nation to win the World Cup in the western
hemisphere.

England, 1966
England won the 1966 World Cup in Wembley stadium, which is located
approximately at 18 minutes (0.3 degrees) WEST of the prime meridian,
putting it in the western hemisphere.
Italy was the other team, winning the 1982 World Cup in Madrid (roughly
3.7 degrees West).

Stephen
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