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IN PICTURES: Tableau visualises World Cup with software narrative

Mac Bryla uses v8.2 to make sense of the statistics behind the 2014 football tournament

  • Bryla took data from the 2014 World Cup and attempted to demonstrate which team was the most attacking by calculating shots on goal per game and shots on target in each match. The result is an easy to read graphic that demonstrates which teams were the most aggressive. The median strip divides high conversion rates from the low. Note the progressive information linked by the narrative feature across the headings at the top of the screenshot.

  • Bryla then took that data and compared it to the same figures form the tournament four years ago in South Africa. The resulting graphs shows a considerable increase of 1.5 shots on target per game from South Africa to Brazil.

  • Tiki-Taka is a phrase familiar to football fans worldwide. In the above graphic, the connection between a 'possession' style of football and goals scored is demonstrated. The result is a clear correlation between possession and goals in 2010. However, in 2014 this correlation does not exist, demonstrating the "death of tiki-taka" as many commentators have began calling it.

  • The above graph shows how results can be easily broken down into sections. Here, Bryla took data from the first set of analyses and broke the information down into rounds. In this case not only is there detailed information provided on each team, but also progress round-to-round. Fans can see clearly how their team performed in each stage of the competition.

  • Tableau can also be used for gathering and effectively demonstrating the value social media data. Here the graph shows which players attracted the most attention during the semi-final between host nation Brazil and eventual champions Germany. Even though he did not participate in the match, Naymar still attracted by far the most attention of any player.

  • Different data sets can often be difficult to compare due to the number of variables. In the above metric, the one constant across the entire World Cup, the ball, is used to differentiate Brazil from previous World Cups.

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