Data makes soccer interesting

I’m not a real fan of soccer although with all that’s going on in the #WorldCup18, I may be in the minority.  Yesterday, I did happen to watch a bit of the Nigeria / Argentina game.  If you were to believe the commentators, it was life and death for Argentina and, at the end of the game watching the Argentinian fans go wild really let me know that there are a lot of people who really a soccer fans.

I am, however, a fan of data and the story that it can tell.  It can leave to some wonderful visualization.  You can see it in this dashboard shown on Tableau Public.


The visualization certainly is more than just this one game.  In fact, there’s a pull down that takes you into any of the groups and then into any of the games.

Are you looking for another type of visualization?  The public gallery is just full of interesting explores.

But, of course, we’re just observers here.  There is another side.  Create an account and you’re off and able to create your own.

Will you?

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3 thoughts on “Data makes soccer interesting

  1. Doug, it looks to me like you just gave us a way to read and analyze data on our last day of school with the kids. Some real world math potential here, and it may even align with a topic of interest. Curious to know if any teacher explores this with his/her class. I just might with some of our big soccer fans.


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  2. I couldn’t help thinking about doing this before readily available tech. As an English major, the word-use example rang a bell. I think this used to be called a Concordance, and you can also find them for Shakespeare, etc. But someone used to make these manually and then analyze. I once did a big analysis of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. It was not a word count, but rather an attempt to trace types of image use. I had one page that was a drawing of the interwoven themes and examples and it looked like a woven tapestry. I would have organized it better today, but it was still pretty cool. Pretty good for a very non-visual person:) Or, maybe I am more of a visual thinker than I thought:)

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