FIFA World Cup Stats

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Above is map is displaying the number of top 4 finishes for each country in the World Cup (1930 – 2014). The size of the bubbles represents the number of top 4 finishes and is located in the geographic area of the country. Europe is colored blue, South America red, and North America green. This map is intended to display the concentration of top teams in Europe and South America — there has only been a few times ever that a team outside those two regions finished in the top 4. This same data is shown below in a bar chart.

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Below is the historical performance of the top 8 teams in the World Cup.

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Below is FIFA’s historical ranking for countries. The FIFA world ranking formula was created in 1993 and the average ranking from then until June 2018 is shown on the third column. Brazil is the worlds top team with an average ranking of 3rd, next Germany with an average of 5th — tied with Spain and Argentina.

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NFL Quarterback Rankings

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For what it’s worth, here are my current (as of Feb 2017) rankings of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. The ‘Num’ column on the far right indicates my opinion of QB ranking. In the spreadsheet I have included columns displaying Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl appearances, NFL regular season MVP’s (with Offensive Player of the Year winners included in the case of Brees, Fouts, and Moon), QB rating, Career completion percentage, Career TD’s, TD to Interception ratio, Game winning drives, Playoff wins, Playoff appearances, Playoff winning percentage, and a few additional columns used for calculations.

I have color coded each column as: dark green – top QB in the statistic, green – in the top 25% in the sample, red – in the bottom 25% in the sample, dark red – the bottom QB in the statistic in the sample. Rankings are dependent on what category metrics one wants to ‘rank’ the best quarterback of all-time. It can’t simply be by Super Bowl wins, or Super Bowl appearances, or playoff record alone – as the player could have merely been on a good team. Or should it only be considered by regular season stats alone? Longevity of career is also considered, although how much weight should be put on this? Rankings, this one included, are always subjective – this is what keeps the debates alive and on-going. What do you think of my rankings? What would you change?