Semi finals matchups - historical statistical perspective

Semi finals matchups - historical statistical perspective

Post by Stephen Halch » Thu, 14 Jul 1994 06:12:02


Italy and Brazil appear to be the favourites in tomorrow's semi final
matches. Here is a record of their previous meetings against Bulgaria
and Sweden, respectively. (Note, my source is complete only until mid
1992, there may have been some matchups since then)

                     G  W  D  L  GF  GA  G/G   # games 2 goals or less
Italy vs. Bulgaria  11  5  4  2  21  10  2.82   6

Previous WC meetings

1986 Italy 1 - 1 Bulgaria  1st round

Last meeting
1991 Italy 1 - 2 Bulgaria (friendly in Sofia)

                     G  W  D  L  GF  GA  G/G   # games 2 goals or less
Brazil vs. Sweden   12  6  4  2  30  18  4.00   3

Previous WC meetings

1938 Brazil 4 - 2 Sweden   3rd place
1950 Brazil 7 - 1 Sweden   2nd round
1958 Brazil 5 - 2 Sweden   Championship
1978 Brazil 1 - 1 Sweden   1st round
1990 Brazil 2 - 1 Sweden   1st round
1994 Brazil 1 - 1 Sweden   1st round

Brazil and Sweden will meet for a record 7th time in a World Cup match.
The next highest number of meetings is 5, held by a number of pairs of
teams.

Italy Argentina (74, 78, 82, 86, 90)
Brazil Spain (34, 50, 62, 78, 86)
Brazil Czechoslovakia (38, 38, (a replay was required to decide the
first game), 62 (first round), 62 (final match), 70)

Another possible five time matchup may occur in the final (or the third
place match, for that matter),

Italy and Brazil have met in 4 previous World Cups (38, 70, 78, 82)

Brazil and Sweden will also meet twice in the same tournament. This has
happened 2 times in WC history (this does not include the replays which
occurred in the earlier tournaments that were held to decide drawn
matches). In both cases, the two teams met in the first round and then
again in the championship match.

62 Brazil Czechoslovakia
54 Germany Hungary

Of course, all these stats are meaningless when it comes down to a
single match. May the teams which play the most attractive, clean and
attacking soccer win.

Stephen
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'...Now Geoff Aunger... oh onside, Onside! ... Berdusco...BERDUUUSCO!!!'
Vic Rauter's call of Eddie Berdusco's tying goal against Brazil, June 5,1994

 
 
 

Semi finals matchups - historical statistical perspective

Post by Renaud Drey » Thu, 14 Jul 1994 05:44:02

   Also, interestingly enough, Brazil and Germany have never met in
any World Cup matchup. Ciao,

                      Renaud

P.S. Have they ever met in any other official game, such as the
European champion-South American champion game? Actually, I'm not even
sure this is considered more than a friendly...

 
 
 

Semi finals matchups - historical statistical perspective

Post by Nicola Marza » Thu, 14 Jul 1994 20:09:26

Quote:

>Brazil and Sweden will also meet twice in the same tournament. This has
>happened 2 times in WC history (this does not include the replays which
>occurred in the earlier tournaments that were held to decide drawn
>matches). In both cases, the two teams met in the first round and then
>again in the championship match.

>62 Brazil Czechoslovakia
>54 Germany Hungary

>Of course, all these stats are meaningless when it comes down to a
>single match. May the teams which play the most attractive, clean and
>attacking soccer win.

>Stephen
>---


As far as I remember, in Spain '82 Italy faced Poland both in the first
round and in the semifinal.

Regards,

                                nicola marzari