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world cup survey

Written by fabiorojas

May 20, 2010 at 3:12 am

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  1. where’s spain in this list ???
    Also, I don’t think the New Institutionalists have qualified for almost a decade now. ;)

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    sd

    May 20, 2010 at 4:28 am

  2. Sd, Spain always underperforms… sorry, I just have more faith in the new institutionalists.

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    fabiorojas

    May 20, 2010 at 4:32 am

  3. Maybe you should have asked for nationality too, that would make for a nice cross table :). And Spain is the reigning European champion, I wouldn’t call that underperformance…

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    Rense

    May 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

  4. Disappointing not to see Spain…..

    New institutionalists could be world champ, provided World = West…….

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    Kandarp

    May 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

  5. Australia! The only thing that stood between us and the last world cup was Italy’s diving routines! We’re now prepared for it. Our lads having been tacking tips from a cross-functional team composed of our best divers and synchronized swimmers. Can’t lose.

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    Sam_MacAulay

    May 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

  6. they’ve also been taking tips, in addition to just tacking them…unbeatable.

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    Sam_MacAulay

    May 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

  7. The inclusion of Ireland and the exclusion of Thierry Henry’s hand is a cruel joke.

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    Trey

    May 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

  8. Anyone’s vote swayed by the photo essay in this month’s Vanity Fair?

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    Jenn Lena

    May 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

  9. North Korea.

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    Guillermo

    May 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  10. Spain always underperforms

    As good a time as any to link back to this old thing on National Footballing Strategies.

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    Kieran

    May 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

  11. “National Footballing Strategies”

    A few comments:

    – Brazil’s strategy is a perfectly themed dance. No one can beat them to that.

    – The Spanish plan is Carthaginian: just send the elephants trampling forward.

    – The Dutch plan is just like the German’s, except there are seven or eight players on the attacking side.

    – The US plan is just like the Italian, but without the striker and the penalty.

    – I actually like Irish (Republic) football.

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    Guillermo

    May 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

  12. Well Kieran, I think it’s high time you re-do the whole thing. In last 4 years there have been some incredible identity shifts in international soccer…..

    1. Spain is new Brazil
    2. Brazil is new Germany
    3. Germany is old Germany
    4. Portugal is new England
    5. England is new Italy
    6. Italy is new France
    7. France is ……….confused

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    kandarpmehta

    May 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  13. The Argentinian plan in three words:

    Foul, foul, foul.

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    Guillermo

    May 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm

  14. I also liked this way to categorize the teams:

    http://www.worldcupbuzz.com/which-team-will-win-the-2010-world-cup/

    It separates the teams in a slightly different way as compared to Fabio. They include:
    -Emerging Country (Spain)
    -Italy (will retain WC after 2006)
    -Brazil (as one of the favourite teams)
    -Traditional Power (Germany or Argentina)
    -An Outsider (France or Portugal if they Qualify)
    -African Country (Ivory Coast or other)

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    nirowlan

    May 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  15. Oh wait, apart from them missing the contributions of organizational theory to world cup soccer.

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    nirowlan

    May 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  16. Other than the post above I have not seen one single serious prediction that Italy will repeat. I suspect Spain, Germany (if they can manage without Ballack), or Brazil will win. Maradona will ensure that Argentina will implode unless Messi decides to mimic his Barcelona performances at the national level.

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    Trey

    May 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm

  17. It seems unlikely Italy will win. They are usually a very cyclical team. Spain will end up losing to one of the usual suspects. This won’t be a World Cup without a scandal related to Maradona, and this is all we can say about Argentina. I would say that leaves Brazil and Germany as favourites. Hope performativity does not spoil things.

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    Guillermo

    May 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  18. England seems like a strong option, no?

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    nirowlan

    May 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

  19. “England seems like a strong option, no?”

    England won a recent computer simulation of World Cup 2010. Although I wouldn’t give them much of a chance, they seem likely to reach the semifinals.

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    Guillermo

    May 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

  20. “Sd, Spain always underperforms… sorry, I just have more faith in the new institutionalists.”

    Can I get some props? Spanish underperformance begins today!

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    fabiorojas

    June 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

  21. Wow — that was a pathetic showing on Spain’s part — didn’t see the whole game, but they ought to be able to score against the Swiss (no Swiss player would be a starter on Spain’s team).

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    tf

    June 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  22. If you watched the last 15 mintues, you’d see that the Swiss could have made it 2-0 if they had been just a little bit luckier.

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    fabiorojas

    June 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  23. “didn’t see the whole game, but they ought to be able to score against the Swiss”

    Comment shows how underrated the Swiss are (were?). They played a fantastic World Cup in 2006 and would have gotten farther if they didn’t suck at penalties.

    Definitely a side to watch this time around.

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    Guillermo

    June 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

  24. They may have done alright in Germany, but they only managed three points at Euro 2008 and they were co-hosts!

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    Trey

    June 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  25. “They may have done alright in Germany, but they only managed three points at Euro 2008 and they were co-hosts!”

    Tough group – Portugal, Czech Republic and Turkey.

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    Guillermo

    June 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  26. […] threads until July 1 for the quarter-finals. Please direct all World Cup comments to our existing thread here. Today’s topic: Once again, Spain doesn’t live up to promise, stumped by Swiss […]

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  27. 1. Only 1% of Orgtheory readers voted for France. Good call!

    2. Will the USA make it past the round of 16?

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    fabiorojas

    June 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

  28. “Will the USA make it past the round of 16?”

    They should.

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    Guillermo

    June 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

  29. Geez, Germany just dropped a big one. Orgtheory went for Germany at 13%. Anyone see that one coming?

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    fabiorojas

    June 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

  30. “Anyone see that one coming?”

    Definitely not. Germany was playing great against Australia. Reportedly there was some crappy refereeing, though.

    It must be said the two nations have an intense World Cup rivalry. Here is the stat attack (hey, it’s Autistic Pride Day):

    1954 quarterfinals – West Germany 2 Yugoslavia 0
    1958 quarterfinals – West Germany 1 Yugoslavia 0
    1962 quarterfinals – Yugoslavia 1 West Germany 0
    1974 second round – West Germany 2 Yugoslavia 0
    1990 first round – West Germany 4 Yugoslavia 1
    1998 first round – Germany 2 Yugoslavia 2 (YUG was leading 2-0)
    2010 first round – Serbia 1 Germany 0

    Did I miss anything? (I’m not counting Croatia)

    Postscript:

    One can tell from a ten mile distance that most of the Americans on this blog are bored to death with the World Cup comments. Something to inject a bit of energy: the US was apparently robbed today but have a good chance to qualify for the round of 16. I still have to watch the game.

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    Guillermo

    June 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  31. “One can tell from a ten mile distance that most of the Americans on this blog are bored to death with the World Cup comments.”

    Nothing stopping them from going to Scatter and reading the Monopoloy thread. And remember that the orgtheory guys are mostly from soccer loving countries (DR, Ireland, Colombia, Finland, Idaho). I don’t know where Sean is from. I’ve always thought of him as the sweeper of this blog.

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    fabiorojas

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  32. This is news for me. Do they love football in the Dominican Republic? They usually kick Mexico with ease at baseball, that I’m sure of.

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    Guillermo

    June 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  33. Ok, maybe not the DR so much. This brings us back to the classic orgtheory question: WWOD?

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    fabiorojas

    June 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  34. The officiating today has been terrible. The referee ruined the Germany match and destroyed a terrific comeback by the Americans. I’m not watching the England-Algeria match, but by reading online commentary, it seems that the players are doing a good job of sinking that one.

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    Trey

    June 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm

  35. Today’s News: Africa down. Cameroon bumped, Ghana on the brink and South Africa needing a miracle after a 3-0 loss. Algeria, of course, is just looking for respect at this point. Are there any high points for African footbal this time around?

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    fabiorojas

    June 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  36. “Are there any high points for African footbal this time around?”

    Apparently none, and considering Ivory Coast goes against Brazil tomorrow, things don’t look good in the short term.

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    Guillermo

    June 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm

  37. It’s tough to see where a bright spot for African football will come; Ghana looked their best bet and Ivory Coast have failed to live up to expectations.

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    Trey

    June 20, 2010 at 12:15 am

  38. Uh-oh, Italy looks like it’s having a tough time… this tournament’s been tough on the elite teams.

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    fabiorojas

    June 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  39. Can you believe how frustrating it must be for the French fans who traveled to South Africa only to watch the coach and the players try to out-prima-donna one another? What a farce.

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    Trey

    June 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  40. Today was even worse -the French incident + the devolving BRA-CIT game. Kaka red carded? WTF?

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    fabiorojas

    June 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

  41. In my view, it has been a disappointing World Cup so far. Either the ball refuses to stay down or the players are unable to adapt to it, the officiating has been poor on multiple occasions, and the players have seemed inclined to act churlishly more often than usual.

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    Trey

    June 20, 2010 at 11:25 pm

  42. Re: officiating. I think they sent the ref who bungled the USA game home.

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    fabiorojas

    June 21, 2010 at 3:38 am

  43. Any prediction for Por-Bra? Both are cresting, and the 7-0 N.Korean slam would, at least, make the Por side feel better.

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    fabiorojas

    June 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

  44. “the players have seemed inclined to act churlishly more often than usual”

    I do not share this perception. However I agree that little of note has happened so far (however I would count Mexico, the USA and South Korea as teams that so far have done well). I guess we’ll have to wait until the knockout rounds to find out if there’s something worth noting.

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    Guillermo

    June 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

  45. I was referring mainly to the France and England squads, but you’re right, it’s an overreaching generalization.

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    Trey

    June 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  46. Nothing stopping them from going to Scatter and reading the Monopoloy thread.

    Interesting question — has the success of the Monopoly post and the ensuing traffic onslaught (and the resulting flooding of the “recent comments” column) led to the suffocating of Scatter? Or is it just the summer?

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    Trey

    June 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  47. It’s just the summer – Scatter ebbs and flows.

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    fabiorojas

    June 23, 2010 at 3:42 am

  48. “t’s just the summer – Scatter ebbs and flows.”

    That blog reflects the dispersed nature of us sociologists: excellent posts followed by long periods of almost nil activity.

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    Guillermo

    June 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

  49. USA! USA!

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    shakha

    June 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

  50. Indeed – one reffing call would have made the Americans have an even stronger record. Definitely the winner of “most improved student.”

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    fabiorojas

    June 24, 2010 at 3:15 am

  51. “Definitely the winner of “most improved student.””

    By the looks of it, Slovakia could beat them to it.

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    Guillermo

    June 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

  52. Italy gone? Frace kaput? USA on top? HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD?!?!?!?!

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    fabiorojas

    June 25, 2010 at 2:31 am

  53. Bueno, España parece que renace.

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    alberto

    June 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

  54. Hup Holland Hup!

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    Trey

    July 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

  55. Both games were fantastic today!

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    tf

    July 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm

  56. Does that mean I have to return my “Dunga – Coach of the Year” t-shirt?

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    fabiorojas

    July 4, 2010 at 1:19 am


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