Visualising the World Cup 2010 (Part 2)

Following the popularity of the Visualising the World Cup 2010 post I published last week, here is something of a sequel presenting a whole host of further examples. Many thanks to all who submitted comments, tweets and sent me emails with suggested links to some of the items displayed below. The visualisations and information devices I have presented here fall in to the following categories:

  • Match fixtures and tournament schedules
  • Results, analysis and tournament statistics
  • Guide to the venues and stadiums
  • Group/team/player guides
  • World cup history
  • Other miscellany…


World Cup game tracker by Positive

Innovative World Cup wallchart via dj-dsl

Match schedule and tournament infographic published in superdeporte, via newspagedesigner

World Cup Infographic from the Rockford Register Star (via


BBC World Service ‘World Cup Team Talk’ interactive match stats

(with background details here)

The Guardian’s ‘twitter replay’ which illustrates twitter reactions during the 90 minutes of each selected game


Castrol/FIFA match and tournament statistics

…including the animated goal replays

The Guardian datablog presents analysis of England’s passing accuracy along with a free data download of Opta’s complete match data/statistics from the England vs USA game.

Typical visualisation approach in the New York Times ‘Goal’ blog

VisualSport’s player vs. player analysis dashboard

Detailed visualisations and statistics from the TotalFootball2010 iPhone app

‘Libero’ the BBC’s live tv analysis tool

Interactive graph from which presents Spain as the likely winners based on a complex algorithm


Special guide to the South Africa venues published in Superdeporte, via newspagedesigner

Beautiful illustration and infographic of some of the key aspects of the World Cup, by golden section graphics


Map of qualifying countries via chartsbin

Complex but elegant visualisation which reveals the countries each player in the tournament plays their club football, from Estadao

Also from Estadao, a classic 8-bit type design detailing the brazilian squad members

Profile of 10 (likely) prominent players in the tournament by Estadao of Brazil

A stylish interactive profile of some of the important players at the tournament, by El Mundo


Infographic about the historical performance of brazil in World Cups, an example of the work of Fabio Nada

Tableau’s World Cup History visualisation


El Mundo’s interactive graphic about the history of the World Cup ball

Interactive infographic detailing the much talked about Vuvuzela by lainformacion

Graphic detailing the carbon footprint of the World Cup produced for EU Infrastructure

World Cup technology milestones down the years from Gizmodo

Very fitting for this section is Ben Schott’s Soccer World Cup Miscellany from the NY Times

Bit of a stretch in visualisation terms, but this is an animated representation of the England vs. USA game


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Andy KirkJune 17th, 2010 at 8:26 am

Many thanks to Carlos Gámez Kindelán, multimedia infographic journalist from, for his translation which helped me understand one of the graphics presented above:

“2010 World Cup: numbers say Spain will be World Champion – Spain will beat Brazil at the 2010 World Cup final match, acording to an algorythm which takes into consideration FIFA’s scoring system, the percentage of victories for each team during the clasification games, their matches, their playing tendencies and other details such as the number of World Cups or Golden Balls in their possession.”

glenn mcdonaldJune 25th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Not exactly “visualization” in the same sense, but there’s tons of data-analysis (and data) here:

agfadJune 26th, 2010 at 7:34 am

This part 2 is as great as part 1. Thanks for sharing these for visualizing the World Cup 2010.

Javier DevilatJuly 5th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Terrific work! Thanks for sharing this research with us. It is a incredible compilation that helps show people all the angles and ways this theme can be publish.