Portugal: The least impressive winners of a major football tournament (statistically)

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:08 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jul/27/the-least-impressive-winners-of-a-major-football-tournament-statistically
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Post by Hapless_Hans Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:17 pm

Not just statistically
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Post by The Demon of Carthage Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:39 pm

Statistically speaking, they weren't impressive at all. However, the fact that they won it fair and square against all odds, against the host and biggest favorite of the tournament makes their victory one of the most impressive on NT level in recent years.

I didn't even expect them to go past the round of 16. And while everybody kept on saying they were drawing easy opponents, completely and deliberately not counting Croatia as one, the second they met a heavyweight, they didn't get thrashed. Quite the opposite, they were defensively compact and tactically sharp.

So you can say they weren't impressive statistically, but in the end of the day, they went home with the same trophy their predecessors won. And that's what counts.

And if I were to choose between being statistically impressive in a major tournament all while ending up trophyless or winning the trophy all while being not so impressive statistically, I sure as hell would choose the trophy every damn time.
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Post by Doc Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:35 pm

Their first 4 games were really awful stuff especially against Croatia. How Croatia manage to only start playing football coming down to the end of 2nd half extra time is truly a "beyond me" moment.

That being said, nice read. Always good to get into technicalities every so often.
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Post by McAgger Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:21 am

They won only 1 game in regulation time and played shitty football Laughing

I'd say that's about right.

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Post by elitedam Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:22 am

On the topic of least impressive (statistically):

In case you’re wondering, the lowest at a Copa América is 1.67, by Argentina in 1993, and the lowest at a World Cup is Argentina’s 2.00 in 1978.

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:52 am

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Post by breva Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:05 am

It was a strange bracket dynamic where the strongest teams exhausted each other (Spain, Italy and Germany) but Portugal won. Congratulations, they deserved the win.
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Post by zenmaster Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:48 am

On field > On paper.

Never the less great read.
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