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Wall Street Journal Produces World Cup Injury-Feigning Rankings, Brazil Come Out On Top

By Alan Duffy

Now this is rather interesting. The Wall Street Journal has produced a fascinating chart based on how long players in the 2014 World Cup have spent rolling around on the pitch feigning injury.

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Now this is rather interesting. The Wall Street Journal has produced a fascinating chart based on how long players in the 2014 World Cup have spent rolling around on the pitch feigning injury.

Based on the first 32 games of Brazil 2014, the rankings have Brazil on top courtesy of their 17 injuries and three minutes 18 seconds of  ‘writhing time’. Although it is Honduras who have been kings of the writhers, racking up seven minutes and 40 seconds in apparent agony on the floor.

England find themselves towards the bottom (the good end) of the rankings with seven injuries and three minutes eight seconds of histrionics. However, Bosnia-Herzegovina are the toughest and most honest of them all, apparently!

Here’s a link to the full article which explains how the whole thing was calculated.

(via: Wall Street Journal)

 

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By Alan Duffy on June 25th, 2014 in Injuries, International football, Newsnow, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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3 Responses to “Wall Street Journal Produces World Cup Injury-Feigning Rankings, Brazil Come Out On Top”

  1. A says:

    I’d argue the writhing time is worse than individual counts of ‘injury’. Or a coefficient of the two.

  2. Tellitasitis says:

    The country’s stat I find most bewildering is that of the Netherlands. I thought Robben alone would top the charts. Although I do have to say, having watched him bounce off several rugby style challenges during the WC, I have a new found admiration for him. I do concede that most of these rugby challenges from which he has kept on his feet were well outside the box, which leads me to one conclusion. He is obviously a bundle of nerves inside the box, hence his legs turn to jelly due to the excitement and uephoria. To prove my theory, I will now keep an eye out for pee pee stains next time he goes down in the box from a feather like touch.

  3. Steve P says:

    Should we interpret Brazil’s low writhing time as ‘home advantage’ – the refs being quicker to stop play for the hosts?

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