A Look Back…
A Look Back….
First of all the World Cup Challenge is available to download now at the bottom of this post. Please fill it in and print out a copy for me or email it back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org once you have made your selections. (We’ll sort the £5 entry out later) So far I have 23 names down to take part so a prize fund of £115 and that will keep growing. Should easily have over 30 people by the time the World Cup kicks off on June 11th.
As you’ll see there are a few predictions where you will need to take an educated guess in order to stand a chance of getting any points. So this post is a look back at previous World Cups in order to give a bit of guidance.
The current 32 team, 64 match format of the World Cup has only been in place since the 1998 finals in France. Between 1982 and 1994 the tournament was a 24 team, 52 match tournament. With 12 extra games now that logically means more goals.
The number of goals in Germany in 2006 was a low 147, in Japan and Korea a total of 161 goals were scored and in 1998 there were 171 goals scored including this classic from a young Michael Owen.
Interestingly at every World Cup from 1962 onwards there has always been an average of somewhere between 2 and 3 goals per match.
The previous World Cup in Germany saw a record number of red cards at a World Cup with 28 players being forced to take an early bath. And four came in one match Portugal v Holland along with 16 yellow cards!
Back in 2002 there were only 11 red cards and in 1998 17 players saw red.
A World Cup isn’t the same without England turning up and losing on penalties. I’m not sure I ever want to actually see John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole win the trophy and go down as ‘legends’. But I do love getting caught up in the hype over England at World Cup time. In fact seeing England lose on penalties is the kind of glorious failure I enjoy. In 2006 England took part in one penalty shootout and lost to Portugal.
In 2002 there was no penalty shootouts for England and in France ’98 there was one shootout which of course ended in defeat. In fact England have never won a penalty shootout in the World Cup so chances are if they end up in one they may as well leave early and catch their flight back home . Perhaps this year it will be a repeat of Italia ’90 where England lose in the semis on penalties!
Anyway good luck with your predictions it appears we should get at least 30 people taking part so decent money is up for grabs. Remember to keep checking back on here throughout the build up to the tournament and during the tournament itself as there will be ongoing league tables up as well as my ramblings on the World Cup itself! Just click on the link below to download the form! Good Luck!