World Cup passing through 6/16

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 11: Francisco Rodriguez of Mexico challenges Teko Modise of South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Here's a summary of passing in games that didn't end in a tie so far:

Cmplt Incl Cmpl% Cmplt Incl Cmpl%
Denmark 221 87 71.8 Holland 470 85 84.7
Greece 316 115 73.3 South Korea 306 110 73.6
Nigeria 228 99 69.7 Argentina 477 87 84.6
Uruguay 312 100 75.7 South Africa 452 104 81.3
Switzerland 183 96 65.6 Spain 629 110 85.1
Ghana 323 95 77.3 Serbia 337 94 78.2
Cameroon 360 127 73.9 Japan 257 109 70.2
Australia 422 78 84.4 Germany 561 66 89.5
Slovenia 387 105 78.7 Algeria 348 100 77.7
North Korea 205 78 72.4 Brazil 604 88 87.3
Chile 394 110 78.2 Honduras 193 116 62.5
Winners 4274 1051 80.3 Losers 3711 1108 77.0
% Pass 52.5 % Pass 47.5

The winning team has completed 80.3% of their passes to the losers 77.0%, which I don't think tells us very much. However, the winning teams attempted 10% more passes than the losers, which probably does mean something (more on that later.)

Individual passing is dominated by South Africa, who have played two games:

First Last Country Passes
Teko Modise South Africa 116
Siboniso Pa Gaxa South Africa 113
Samir Handanovic Slovenia 110
Kagisho Dikgacoi South Africa 108
Danny Shittu Nigeria 102
Lucas Neill Australia 101
Danny Shittu Nigeria 98
Taye Taiwo Nigeria 98
Francisco Rodriguez Mexico 95
Diego Forlan Uruguay 92

South Africa significantly outpassed Uruguay in their loss, for what that's worth; against Mexico, they were outpassed 2-1.

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