For example, the average height of Brazil's team is 181.7 cm or 5 foot 10, whereas I wouldn't be surprised if most North American sports teams had an average height of 6 feet (much higher for basketball).
Of course, if I look at Team USA's stats, the average is 6 feet.
Also interesting to note is that the goaltender on most teams is the tallest guy.
Another trend is that a lot of the best midfielders in the world are usually significantly shorter than the average of their teams:
Germany: Philipp Lahm 5'7" and Mario Gotze 5'9"
Belgium: Eden Hazard 5'8"
Italy: Andrea Pirlo 5'9.5"
Netherlands: Wesley Sneijder 5'7"
Spain: Xavi and Iniesta 5'7"
Within limits of regular height, football does not disqualify anybody.
5'10 = 177.8 cm
5'11 = 180.34 cm
6'0 = 182.88 cm
So, that would put the 181.7 number for Brazil a tiny bit closer to 6' than 5'11, never mind 5'10.
Baseball trends lower, but they still sort of start at 6':
Hockey is there too, they occupy a somewhat tighter range, but still easily beat 6'.
(I'm just a bit less than 6' and had the opportunity to stand next to a Div I NCAA football team, the majority of them towered over me, so I felt compelled to find some numbers)
For tall strikers, you have Peter Crouch as an outlier at 6ft 8.
> For example, the average height of Brazil's team is 181.7 cm or 5 foot 10
That's closer to 5" 11.5'.
Example: Ramires from Brazil is 73kg not 83kg. Hulk is 85kg..etc
Each touch of the ball costs €x; each tackle costs €y etc.
Some players will vastly have increased their market value after the tournament.
Fred, from Brazil, for instance, is 30. Not 22 years old.
Is the data available? What's the source?
I'm really surprised by their poor performance at this world cup. Does anyone here analyzing this set of stats can see another difference that would explain this bad result ?
Also, while it was completely new 6 years ago when they won the European Championship, now people know what to expect and have better counter-tactics.
And thirdly, a lot of the Spanish players play for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who all had long and difficult seasons. The players weren't able to ease off at all, so must be more exhausted than normal.