Most serious referee mistakes during World Cup 2010

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Animations of how the goals were scored at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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via Nicolas

Soccer’s slim salaries

Interesting data, but bad execution. I still don’t understand what make some designers think that putting useless decorations on their graphic will make it look better :/

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Thanks, Chris.

Umbro’s World Cup 2010 visualization

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I have to say that I really like this graphic. It is aesthetically pleasing and super compact. You can scan the charts for the scores, when each goal is scored during the game, and the most active period of the game (with highest number of shots and completed passes). What else could one ask for? Perhaps highlight the winning team and provide the final score, instead of me counting the red dots. But besides that, I really like this graphic.

Here is a few words from Umbro’s blog:

…We’ve enlisted the expert hand of top graphic designer Michael Deal to bring the data from South Africa to life. Using info supplied by data experts Opta, Michael has crafted these beautiful ways to analyse the action from the 48 group games.

By simply looking at when successful passes (green lines) have been made in the game, alongside shots (blue triangles) and goals (red circles), you can build an intriguing picture of how the match progressed. For instance, the detail of Spain’s surprise defeat to Switzerland comes to life in the graphic at the top of the page, while an overview of all the action can be gleaned by looking at data from all the matches so far…

Thanks, Martin.

Carbon footprint of the 2010 World Cup

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The World Cup is one of the most celebrated events in the world with millions of people gathering together to rejoice the spirit of sportsmanship an glory. The competition also serves as an important economic catalyst for the country that has the honor to host it. But besides all the fanfare, the competition can also have negative effects on the country, especially on its environment. EU Infrastructure magazine’s graphic is based on the data from a report by the Norwegian Embassy:

While South Africa and the rest of the continent may be pursuing renewable forms of energy, the world’s biggest sporting event will have anything but an environmental benefit with a report saying the carbon footprint of World Cup 2010 will be six times that of the last competition four years ago in Germany.

However, it’s not just the influx of fans flying in from around the world to see the games, contributing to the footprint, in fact the majority of carbon was caused in the build up to the tournament.

But there is hope:

However, it’s not all bad news. In a bid to cut emissions from cars and public transportation systems, South Africa has constructed the Gautrain, a high-speed rail network that will transport fans around the country.

There are also projects to reduce fossil fuel consumption such as a US$10 million scheme to install solar panels and efficient lights on the streets, stoplights and billboards of the six host cities.

via EU Infrastructure

NYT: The evolution of the World Cup Ball

Fascinating photographs by Jens Heilmann, a German photographer, are used in this’s interactive timeline showing the evolution of the world cup ball since 1930. Accompanying the photo of each ball is a short story of why it is significant. If you are in the mood for it, you can also watch the video of the photographer talking about this project below.

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Another FIFA World Cup 2010 interactive calendar

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A few days ago I wrote about this gorgeous print schedule of the World Cup 2010 designed by Martin Oberhäuser, now we have a flashy online version to play with over at It is a nicely looking, although a bit confusing at first, calendar that looks like it comes straight from one of those EA sport video games. Check it out and let me know if you think its interface is a bit confusing at first. Maybe it is just me that got a bit overwhelmed by the radial display and all the vertical text. :)

via Nicolas Ramallo

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