A look at the statistical history of the FIFA World Cup

Every four years the World Cup brings us countless storylines, and a vast array of mixed emotions from the joy of winning, to the amusement of an underdog defying the odds, the madness of late goals and the despair of elimination which all but one team have to endure. This rollercoaster ride that lasts 32... Continue Reading →

Part 2: On opening games

After bursting a few bubbles with the first post evaluating the probability of a team to win a match when they score the first goal, it is only natural to begin to think about how important the first game of a tournament is for every team. Turns out the first result is extremely important in... Continue Reading →

Part 3: When do the goals come?

If you had the power to deduce when goals are going to happen, would you want to know? The timing of a goal depends on a vast range of factors, from strategy, positioning, talent and many others. For this exercise, I decided to take the record of goals in the previous five world cups from... Continue Reading →

Scots survive Vikings’ late surge

HOLTVILLE — Despite a strong start to take a three-score lead in the first half, the Vincent Memorial High School football team only just escaped a second-half rally by Holtville High School to secure a crucial 27-20 Manzanita League victory here on Friday night. With less than two minutes left in the game, a late... Continue Reading →

Tigers dominate Bulldogs, 58-0

IMPERIAL — The Imperial High School football team began its Imperial Valley League slate in strong fashion with a 58-0 shutout against the turnover-prone Calexico High School Bulldogs at Shimamoto-Simpson Stadium here on Friday night. The Tigers put their potential on full display on both sides of the ball as they forced a total of... Continue Reading →

Spartans outlast Scots challenge

EL CENTRO — The Central Union High School Spartans improved to 5-0 after they muscled a victory over the Vincent Memorial High School Scots 56-41 at Cal Jones Field on Friday night. The difference in the game was the Spartan defense, which was able to handle the high-powered Scots’ offense. The CUHS defense forced four... Continue Reading →

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