World Cup: Quarterfinalist Passing Stats

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Martin Palermo of Argentina celebrates scoring the second goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Greece and Argentina at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Looking into passing stats for the 16 teams that advanced beyond group play, we essentially see four groups of teams:

1) Teams that dominated passing and ball possession: Argentina, Spain and Brazil

2) Teams that were good, but not dominant: Mexico, Holland, England and Germany

3) Teams that essentially had 50% of possession: Chile, Paraguay, Slovakia, USA, Portugal, Ghana and South Korea

4) Teams that really didn't have that much possession: Uruguay, Japan

Is it any surprise that the #1, #2 and #3 teams in the world controlled the play in their games? Some of it is the relative weakness of their groups, but most of it is that they really are that good. And that the next four are ranked 4, 5, 8 and 10? The only team whose reputation and good record so far doesn't match up with their passing stats is Uruguay, a team that would benefit from a closer look.

Overall passing stats are below:

Passes For Weighted Vs Weighted % of Pass % Wt Pass
Argentina 1648 365 597 136 73.4 72.9
Spain 1752 400 702 140 71.4 74.1
Brazil 1599 343 723 141 68.9 70.9
Mexico 1294 283 789 177 62.1 61.5
Holland 1412 266 932 187 60.2 58.7
England 1200 265 811 178 59.7 59.9
Germany 1509 315 1065 216 58.6 59.3
Chile 1049 228 950 200 52.5 53.2
Paraguay 995 204 936 190 51.5 51.8
Slovakia 1003 197 962 208 51.0 48.7
USA 881 195 953 210 48.0 48.1
Portugal 1091 221 1207 264 47.5 45.5
Ghana 1022 228 1141 230 47.2 49.8
South Korea 874 195 1027 219 46.0 47.1
Uruguay 765 166 1288 287 37.3 36.6
Japan 721 158 1341 270 35.0 36.9

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