Thuuz Sports, the fast growing leader in automated short form sports video production, to help redefine and enhance the viewing experience for business partners and consumers of sport worldwide, today unveiled the most exciting teams and matches from the just completed World Cup. Using their custom designed algorithms to measure real time global event excitement with partner FOX Sports, it was determined that Spain and Croatia were the most exciting teams throughout the tournament, while the Croatia vs. Russia match was the most exciting match of the tournament with a perfect score of 100.
The measurement scores were done on a 0 to 100 scale and take into consideration game pace, team parity, play novelty, momentum shifts, social buzz, and historical context. The algorithms behind the excitement ratings are statistically calibrated to insure the appropriate distribution of ratings across the course of the tournament.
“This was one of the most exciting World Cup’s in history, and we were pleased to work with IBM and FOX Sports throughout the event to measure excitement and create customizable highlights in real time for millions of fans,” said Thuuz CEO Warren Packard. “While every fan will have his or her most memorable moment, measuring metadata in this way gives us a great snapshot into the collective excitement felt around the globe as we look back on such a great global phenomenon. When people say ‘the excitement was palpable,’ we can now verify it!”
Using the Thuuz excitement measurement platform, the top five most exciting matches were:
1) Croatia vs Russia – July 7: This game featured everything you would want in an unbelievably exciting game. A stunning 1st goal, a tying fastbreak goal, a couple fantastic chances in the 2nd half, and 1 goal by each team in extra time. That wasn’t enough, so the match finished in a shootout that went to the final shot. This game is just ahead of the #2 game of the list because of the atmosphere boost it gets because of Russia being the host country.
2) Japan vs Belgium – July 2: In terms of pure excitement in a soccer game, this Belgium come-from-behind win was thrilling. Japan were the heavy underdogs, and took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd half behind a fantastic goal, only to see Belgium’s dynamic offense come alive, and score 2 quick goals to tie the game. The moment of magic came at the end when Belgium went from their own box to scoring in 8 seconds, with what turned out to be the last meaningful kick of the game.
3) Belgium vs Brazil – July 6: This matchup between 2 of the top-3 teams in the world was probably the highest quality soccer produced on the pitch at the World Cup. Belgium were dangerous on the counter-attack all game, and De Bruyne scored a screamer from outside the box to stage Belgium to a 2-0 lead. Brazil had a ton of chances at the end after cutting the lead to 2-1, but Courtois made a fabulous save on Neymar, and Belgium and their “Golden Generation” held on at the end for an exciting 2-1 victory.
4) England vs Colombia – July 3: A scrappy game featuring a lot of fouls and up-and down action, which included a Colombia goal in the 93rd minute to send the game into extra time. The extra time featured a few meaningful chances, and then in the shootout, England had the chance to exorcise their PK demons and won in a close World Cup shootout for the 1st time ever.
5) Spain vs Portugal – June 15: Cristiano Ronaldo’s jaw-dropping free kick late in regulation gave Portugal a 3-3 tie in a game that featured an epic solo goal by Spain’s Costa, and a Ronaldo hat trick for Portugal. This was the best group stage game of the World Cup.
In terms of most exciting teams, SPAIN led all clubs with a 93.5 score, followed closely by CROATIA (91), BELGIUM (91), GERMANY (90) and PORTUGAL (89.75). Champion France came in 7th with a score of 86.6. While winning matches certainly has some impact on team excitement, the most salient statistics impacting team excitement are the overall suspense and surprise across all the matches that a particular team plays.
Which Premier League Club Won The World Cup?
The World Cup is no doubt the greatest international tournament on earth, but its impact often resonates at club level too, which leaves us facing an interesting question – which Premier League club came out smelling the rosiest from the 2018 tournament in Russia?
Of course, there can be no clear winner to such an abstract query, so Football FanCast have narrowed this analytical exercise down to four key categories based on appearances, goals scored, assists and clean sheets.
Without further ado then, here’s our guide to which Premier League club won the World Cup…
Most Represented – Tottenham, Chelsea
Which Premier League club made the most knockout World Cup appearances
With such heavy influence in the England and Belgium squads, their runs to the World Cup semi-final were always going to fare well for Tottenham. In fact, during the knockout stages of the tournament alone there were an impressive 28 appearances by Lilywhites players, nine more than London rivals Chelsea managed and a telling 26 more than local enemies Arsenal.
Chiefly through Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, Manchester United were the Premier League’s second-most represented side, the latter missing just one game and one minute of France’s seven World Cup outings, while the likes of Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young featured prominently for England too.
Premier League Players’ World Cup appearances by knockout round
But quantity doesn’t always mean quality and in terms of the club that had the most representatives at the most important stage of the competition, Chelsea just about nicked it with N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud starting for France in the final – giving them an extra appearance over Liverpool, Tottenham and United who all boasted one finalist each.
Most Potent – Tottenham
Goals Scored By English Clubs at the World Cup
Tottenham once again come up smelling the rosiest after Harry Kane walked away from the tournament with the Golden Boot, the England striker responsible for precisely half of all the north London club’s World Cup strikes. Fellow Englishmen Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier – one of the players of the tournament – both found the net as well, while Jan Vertonghen inspired Belgium’s incredible comeback against Japan with that bizarre looping header.
Their second-biggest contributor though was Heung-min Son; carrying the hopes of South Korea, the speedy forward scored against Mexico and Germany but it wasn’t enough to take them to the knockout stages.
Manchester United, meanwhile, will wonder how they’ve finished second despite Romelu Lukaku reaching the semi-finals, the Belgium star needing spectacular goals from Jesse Lingard and the unlikely source of Marcos Rojo – that stunning volley against Nigeria – to bring the Red Devils’ total up to eight. But considering the record-breaking number of goals Manchester City scored in the Premier League last season, an incredible 106, their top scorer at the World Cup was rather surprisingly a defender as England centre-back John Stones twice netted from set pieces against Panama.
The big disappointment here once again though, is Arsenal; the only player to score a World Cup goal for them was Granit Xhaka – albeit a particularly delicious trademark piledriver – in a bitter-fought Group Stage win over Serbia.
Most Creative – Chelsea
Which Premier League club had the most World Cup assists
Tottenham stars may have been putting them away but it was Chelsea providing the most consistent lines of supply. No player at this World Cup registered more than two assists, but Eden Hazard notched up two for Belgium with Olivier Giroud, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Victor Moses, Willian and the much forgotten Kenneth Omeruo – still technically a Chelsea player despite spending all six years of his Stamford Bridge career out on loan – getting in on the act as well.
In comparison, only Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Trippier could do the same for Spurs, while Arsenal were once again poorly represented with just a single assist, the same amount Nacer Chadli managed on his own for West Brom and half of what Leicester City racked up. Liverpool, however, were the worst performers amongst the Premier League’s big six without a single player assisting at the tournament.
Most Resilient – Tottenham
Which Premier League club had the most World Cup clean sheets
With representatives between the sticks for France and in Belgium’s domineering backline, Tottenham were always going to do well on the clean sheets front.
Hugo Lloris was involved in three of France’s four clean sheets, benefiting greatly from the protection Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane provided in front of him, although the real star of the show here is probably Davinson Sanchez who saw just three goals go past him during the entire tournament – which also explains Arsenal’s two clean sheets, won by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
In contrast, Vertonghen and Alderweireld took part in just one shutout each, despite making a combined ten appearances (playoff excluded) in total.
Croatia’s run to the final earned Liverpool two clean courtesy of Dejan Lovren, twice as many as Jordan Pickford managed in six appearances, but perhaps the real surprise here is Leicester City – Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel both playing huge parts in England and Denmark’s respective World Cup campaigns.
Manchester United, meanwhile, may boast the goalkeeper many regard as the best in the Premier League, but David De Gea (even with the assistance of Victor Lindelof) couldn’t see the Red Devils beat Chelsea’s four.