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Yes, this was the worst defeat of a host nation in the history of the world cup! Other notable defeats are: 2010: South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay 1958: Sweden 2 - 5 Brazil Link: World Cup 2014: Most Lopsided Football Matches, Worst Host Defeat, Biggest Soccer Blowouts in History


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This is going to depend a lot on the sport. In general, a reporter does have access to several resources, many of which are accessible to a dedicated fan, but when putting together commentary on the spot it helps a lot to have deep personal knowledge of the sport to consider what facts to research. (This kind of knowledge can be developed by a fan regularly ...


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Several types of tracking technology exist, and the type used depends upon the the circumstances of the competition. In training, some teams are now tracking with systems like RedFIR, a German technology comprised of tiny (15 gram) radio transmitters that can be placed in uniforms, footwear or balls, and a network of receivers set up around the field. The ...


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I have heard of six being scored in extra time in the FA Cup fixture Leyton Orient v Droylesden, Orient scoring all six in winning 8 - 2. This took place on 7 December 2010. There is a match report on the BBC: BBC NEWS


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1) According to the Premier League Handbook, the two teams are tied if the positions are irrelevant (i.e. no relegation or cup qualification is affected): C.7: Subject to Rule C.17, if any two or more Clubs have scored the same number of points, have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals in League Matches in that Season; they ...


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Wikipedia has a list of NFL win-loss records for each of the current 32 NFL teams. The tables on the page include all games that each team has played in, including regular season and playoffs. Sorted by win percentage, combining the regular season and post-season tables, through Super Bowl LI (2017), the best team is the Dallas Cowboys, with a win ...


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Looking at statistics of all world cup matches, this is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of "goal difference". This is also the worst defeat by a host nation in terms of "goals against" jointly with Switzerland (1954) 5-7 against Austria.


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The results, as presented on the webpage, are not that surprising. I downloaded the chart of all countries and ran a histogram of the performances (discounting countries that only had 1 or two shootouts, as they are a very small sample size). 54 countries had participated in 3 or more shootouts and here is the histogram. It's a reasonable approximation of a ...


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I've got no particularly interest in what the game was, but dug into the stats a bit... a couple good ones that stand out from this SB Nation article: Kobe's 50 shots are the most in a game since record keeping officially started in 1983 [Wilt Chamberlain had more in his 100 point game] Bryant attempted 21 3 pointers on the night... the most in NBA history ...


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Bowling strike rate is calculated as total balls bowled / wickets taken by bowler. If the bowler has bowled 300 balls and has taken 15 wickets, then the strike rate is 300/15 = 20. This means the bowler has taken 20 balls to take one wicket.


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The definition of WHIP or Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched is the following per Wikipedia: WHIP = (Walks + Hits)/(Innings Pitched) Cautionary note: While WHIP is a common statistic in fantasy baseball, it's a rather poor tool for evaluating pitchers as it fails to account for something pitchers have little control over (BABIP).


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The local governing body will determine what status particular games are - First Class, List A, Test, ODI, T20 International and whatever. As a consequence internationals of whatever form are ratified by the board - or boards - involved. The scorers for a game, normally appointed by the teams (law 4), will have to submit their (agreed) cards to that ...


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WAR is a context used by leagues and ballparks independently to measure a baseball player's performance and relative value. As such, WAR can be used to compare players across different years and teams. WAR is derived from weighted runs above average, or the number of runs a player contributes through both his offense and defense above and beyond your ...


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No, it does not get counted. For instance, if we look at the goals scored by Messi during FIFA 2014 World cup: He has a total of 4 goals till now. 1 vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (group stage) 1 vs Iran (group stage) 2 vs Nigeria (group stage) The statistics from FIFA summarize it the best.


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The net run rate is calculated with the below formula: NRR = ((Total runs scored by team)/(Total overs played by team)) - ((Total runs scored against team)/(Total overs played against team)) Total runs -> This is straight forward. It is the score that a team scores (batting) and is scored against (bowling) in the whole tournament. Total ...


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NRR for a team in cricket is calculated by the following formula NRR = (Average runs scored per over by the team throughout the tournament) - (Average runs scored per over by the opposing teams against it). Also Cricinfo , says the following rules are applied in case a match is abandoned/ concluded a duckworth lewis method. Where a match is abandoned,...


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Distance Covered is being tracked at FIFA World Cup 2014. On FIFA's website, detailed player statistics are provided for each match. For example, here is the page for Match 1 between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. Scrolling down to the Official Document section, you'll find Croatia player stats (.pdf) and Brazil player stats (.pdf). These documents ...


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In addition to the popular answer above, it's also useful to note that WHIP was originally conceived of as a statistic used to score pitchers in fantasy baseball. So while WHIP is not widely used in sabremetrics communities to help rank the usefulness of pitchers, it is a useful statistic to understand in fantasy circles as well as use as an indicator of ...


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The percent of goals from corners is changing from league to league, for one competition to another and for one year to another. For example on 2010 World Cup 1 goal scored for every 70 corners taken, but generally the ratio of corners to goals is almost zero. Take a look at Ratio of Corners to Goal in the EPL You can see that Fulham who has the best ...


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You can calculate a player's plus/minus using the following rules. If a player is on the ice for a(n): even-strength goal for: +1 even-strength goal against: -1 powerplay goal for: 0 powerplay goal against: -1 penalty kill (short handed) goal for: +1 penalty kill (short handed) goal against: 0 Plus/Minus is not awarded for penalty shots and goals scored ...


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There have been several papers published on this topic, which don't always agree. Check out Ten Do It Better, Do They? which concludes that "that the impact of a red card depends on the minute of the expulsion and does not have an impact at all if given at the end of the first half or later" though red cards do increase the number of goals scored. ...


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Brazil's defeat against Germany in World Cup 2014 semi-final is the heaviest loss of the last four teams remaining. This is tied with Sweden against Brazil (1-7) in 1950. Other notable losses: 1930: Argentina beat USA 6-1 (first semi-final) Uruguay beat Yugoslavia 6-1 (second semi-final) 1950: Brazil beat Spain (6–1) (after beating Sweden 7-1) 1954: ...


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1994 and before, World Cup semifinals often took place on the same day, so one team had only a few hours more preparation time than the other. When semifinals did not take place on the same day, the team with the extra rest day most often lost. Here is a list with the team with 5 days between semifinal and final first, team with 4 days second: 1966: West ...


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It depends exactly how you measure "worst", so I have two submissions for you. The Muncie Flyers were one of the NFL's inaugural teams in 1920. After losing their first game 45-0 their other opponents cancelled to play against better teams. They ended their first season 0-1. Their second season didn't go much better as they went 0-2, losing 14-0 both times. ...


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It's way higher in soccer than ice hockey. In soccer, a penalty kick is quite close to an automatic goal, averaging around 85% in the English Premier League (source: My Football Facts), whereas in ice hockey, a penalty shot has a conversion rate of around about 30% (source: official NHL stats, via this excellent answer). However, I'm not sure this is really ...


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This isn't perfectly answerable, because it's easy to come up with specific things that only occur once if you get complicated enough. However, if you limit it to things that would merit a sports news organization writing an article about it, then probably the most rare occurrence is a team scoring in every inning for a full nine inning game (meaning, ...


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In the NHL, there have been 41 games tied 0-0 after overtime since the introduction of the shootout in 2005 (meaning they would have been recorded as a 0-0 tie in the past), which is 0.25% of games. And there have been 189 0-0 ties in history (dating back to 1924) [games are double-counted in link]. There have been 122 games that were 0-0 after regulation ...


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