Visualising the World Cup 2010 (Part 1)

Over the past couple of years we have experienced a number of key world events and stories that have triggered vast amounts of data and information outputs – the US elections, the financial crisis, Haiti earthquake, UK elections and the Iceland volcano are just a few that spring to mind.

The latest ‘data’ event is the football World Cup 2010 which kicks off in South Africa in a few hours from now. To mark the start of the tournament I have been trawling the web to unearth examples of the variety of information products and devices news and media outlets, sponsors and visual artists have created to engage and help supporters learn more about the tournament. Some are good, some are bad and some, naturally, are ugly. I don’t have enough minutes in the day to provide narrative or constructive comments for each visualisation so I’ll let you be the judges.

Typically, the examples I have discovered fall in to these categories:

  • Match fixtures and tournament schedules
  • Guide to the venues and stadiums
  • Group/team/player guides
  • Match predictors/team trackers
  • World cup history
  • Other miscellany…

Because the games clearly haven’t started yet there is nothing that captures results or key stats but I’ll be tracking these developments during the tournament to discover the most innovative displays and designs.


BBC Match and Fixture Calendar

World Cup Plan by Martin Oberhäuser (via

Marca World Cup 2010 Calendar Match Schedule

Continental (FIFA World Cup Sponsor) Match Schedule

Visa (FIFA World Cup Sponsor) Match Schedule


Sky Sports Venue Map

La Informacion – Guide to venues (and pointing out Spain game locations)


A wonderful flickr collection of rich, informative colourful graphic illustrations covering information about groups, teams, players and schedules.


Marca player selector and comparison tool

Expresso of Portugal providing a country by country guide

La Informacion – Map of clubs providing players at the World Cup


BBC Match Predictor and Team Tracker

Castrol Group Predictor

Section Design – World Cup predicted by GDP (published in Wired June 2010)


Castrol World Cup Legends

Fusion Charts – History of World Cup (1930-2006)

La Prensa Grafica – History of countries appearing at World Cups down the years

La Prensa Grafica – Rich illustration of just about every aspect of the tournament (via InspiredMag article by Tiago Veloso)


Mint Digital’s World Cup data visualisation app for the iPad

The Guardian Fans Network (and associated guide)

La Informacion – Random facts about the World Cup down the years

Castrol Live Tracker – an absolutely bonkers dashboard with all sorts of unusual

Some odd business involving Hyundai donating 1,000,000 balls to Africa - a ball being donated every time someone buys a car… or registers on the site (why the parity?).


And finally, the fashion garment that all the kids are wearing right now… a belt that lets you stick in the scorelines into the buckle.

Football ‘Result’ Belts – ‘Same Shit. Different Belt‘ 

[I must acknowledge a similar article posted on InspiredMag by Tiago Veloso which (frustratingly!) I came across towards the end of compiling this post. It contains some other great illustrations as well as many of the above.]


ColmJune 11th, 2010 at 12:34 am

Wow, that’s a great post. Thanks for sharing!

I recommend you also check out the Total Football 2010 iPhone app:

Really unique content and should be a great companion to watching the games this summer.

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Andy KirkJune 11th, 2010 at 8:02 am

Thanks for the feedback Colm, and congratulations on the app. I’ve downloaded it and will have a good play with it during the tournament. All the best, Andy

BurcuJune 11th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Wow, not only this post but your whole page is great. I gonna add your page to my blog roll on and of course to my Google reader!!!
I´m really looking forward to the World CUP.

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Jack LuckyJune 11th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Great list. Thank for sharing.

I found some interesting statistics from… have a look at

You should make another post like this after the game over (Game result infographic)

TSSVelosoJune 11th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Andy, what a great post!! I, more than anyone, can aknowledge the time and effort required to produce such a great compilation. I must thank you, above all, for mentioning my post at Inspired Magazine, and I invite you to visit Visual Loop (, my personal non-stop stream od Data-Visualization Goodies!

Keep up the awesome work!


Andy KirkJune 12th, 2010 at 8:25 am

I’m already a subscriber Tiago, found Visual Loop a while back! Don’t know how you find the time to keep the frequency of posting going, congratulations.
Best wishes, Andy

DaveJune 16th, 2010 at 10:41 am

Great post. Also checkout The Times world cup apps. Map plotted data and Twitter buzz monitor.

Andy KirkJune 16th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Many thanks for the links Dave, I’ll check those out

AlJune 17th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Great stuff! We put together an interactive wallchart/calendar to celebrate the World Cup – 31 days, 64 matches:

Andy KirkJune 17th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Thanks Al – take a look at the follow-up post and you’ll see your wallchart!

MikeJune 18th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

We created a World Cup game tracker as a bit of fun in the studio… What do you think of it?

blueshellJune 26th, 2010 at 7:24 am

Great list! Thanks for sharing these stuff for World Cup 2010. I really like them.