by Kaizeler
Yesterday, 18:58
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: Best/Worst Stadiums You Have Been To
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: Best/Worst Stadiums You Have Been To

Is it weird if the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the Olympiastadion is this?
by Kaizeler
12 Jan 2018, 21:44
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

I can still do a calculation in the form "double digit number X double digit number" in 5-10 seconds, but nobody asks me any more.  These skills are sadly being left behind and people now prefer it if you can balance 27 knives on your elbow while juggling 10 singing dogs. That may be true but there...
by Kaizeler
12 Jan 2018, 08:58
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: Olympic Qualifies 1988
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Olympic Qualifies 1988

To increase the confusion, Dagblaðið Vísir credits the goal to António Carvalho. It was from a penalty, so you would expect the reports to be accurate... As for the Chico/Xico, I don't think you will find an authoritative answer. They are two forms of the diminutive for Francisco, and are pronounced...
by Kaizeler
11 Jan 2018, 11:38
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: Olympic Qualifies 1988
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Olympic Qualifies 1988

The Portugal FA website corroborates 11v11 (or perhaps that's where the data came from) in the Italy-Portugal match. Roçadas in for Jorge Plácido (56') and Parente in for Costeado (73'). Although for some reason they credit the refereeing team as coming from Oman...
by Kaizeler
09 Jan 2018, 18:11
Forum: Resources for research
Topic: Soccer Action
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Soccer Action

Great find, Luca.

For those with a bit of free space on their computers who would like a quick link to the entire archive (top-right corner):
Soccer News (1.1 GB in total)
Soccer Action (6.4 GB in total)
by Kaizeler
06 Jan 2018, 00:29
Forum: Players
Topic: Who are your favourite players?
Replies: 132
Views: 7.0K

Re: Who are your favourite players?

Kléberson nods in agreement.
by Kaizeler
01 Jan 2018, 14:20
Forum: Players
Topic: Who are your favourite players?
Replies: 132
Views: 7.0K

Re: Who are your favourite players?

Something similar happened in Haiti as well, I think...
by Kaizeler
19 Dec 2017, 17:06
Forum: Leeward Islands
Topic: Martinique
Replies: 60
Views: 14.8K

Re: Martinique

What the article states is that French FA president Noel Le Graet has changed his position and is now in favour of Martinique becoming an associate member (of FIFA) without taking part in the World Cup qualifying. The decision on whether to admit Martinique into FIFA will be made in February 2018 ( ...
by Kaizeler
14 Dec 2017, 22:52
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

This one? I'll be keeping it updated as well.
by Kaizeler
14 Dec 2017, 17:21
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

Great, thanks! I hope do a one-year test of the rankings over 2018 and would love to compare as many different ones as possible. Do you publish the formulae as well? The formulas are a state secret. 😆 Actually I don't have anything formally written down though I admit that would be helpful for main...
by Kaizeler
14 Dec 2017, 12:33
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

Sure thing: I keep them here. Note that teams fall off the ranking after five years of inactivity, so that is why you won't find the likes of Kiribati or Tibet published.
by Kaizeler
14 Dec 2017, 09:49
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

👍I am generally in agreement. Major differences stemming mainly from teams with little activity (e.g. Ryukyu hasn't played enough to drop that much below their starting ConIFA rating)

by Kaizeler
13 Dec 2017, 19:46
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup
Replies: 94
Views: 1.2K

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup

mattsanger92 wrote:No chance of him being a programme though, was extremely random and unpredictable.
Or it could be a well-crafted random number generator:



(RFC 1149.5 specifies 4 as the standard IEEE-vetted random number)
by Kaizeler
13 Dec 2017, 11:01
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

And indeed they shouldn't really (personal opinion without looking at the formulas behind the ranking calculations). I guess I'll just patiently wait until the website is updated to reflect that change. 🙃
by Kaizeler
13 Dec 2017, 10:33
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
Replies: 367
Views: 5.6K

Re: 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

mattsanger92 wrote: 🍿
Never mind the whole Tamil Eelam vs Ellan Vannin thing, I'm just waiting for the outrage when someone notices they're both rated below Niue.
by Kaizeler
07 Dec 2017, 16:11
Forum: East Africa
Topic: 2017 CECAFA Cup
Replies: 21
Views: 349

Re: 2017 CECAFA Cup

Libya also got their third 0-0 draw in a row (they won't be getting invited back soon, I fear).  Is there some kind of record for consecutive 0-0 draws in international football?  I can't imagine it would be much more than 3, if there are any examples? A large number of teams managed three consecut...
by Kaizeler
04 Dec 2017, 10:58
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup
Replies: 94
Views: 1.2K

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup

In any case I'm not expecting fans to bring FA flags to Russia (or BBC flags to Eurovision)
by Kaizeler
01 Dec 2017, 20:03
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup
Replies: 94
Views: 1.2K

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup

Congratulations to Iran indeed, it’s not easy to reach the semifinals after being knocked out in the round of 16 :P
by Kaizeler
01 Dec 2017, 17:42
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

The immediate reaction after the draw seems to be that Uruguay was dealt an easy group; Croatia will face tricky fixtures. Not many changes from my side either; the main outcome of the draw is that Portugal and Spain will avoid eachother until the final, probably why they get a small bump there.    ...
by Kaizeler
01 Dec 2017, 10:40
Forum: Players
Topic: International players who are named after a famous footballer
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: International players who are named after a famous footballer

Luca wrote: While the former Italian international Eusebio Di Francesco was named after the Portuguese star Eusébio
The Black Panther also inspired the name of Euzebiusz Smolarek.
by Kaizeler
29 Nov 2017, 19:09
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

Heat might be an issue at the three southern venues, therefore for whichever team gets drawn in position A2. After opening the tournament against Russia at the Luzhniki they will travel to Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd. I was in a mood for a silly plot so I've compared the average temperature and humi...
by Kaizeler
29 Nov 2017, 10:45
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

The watermelon gets the gist of it ;) obviously more closely reflecting the underlying rankings slightly adjusted for the seeding pots.               Bookmakers           Cubic Watermelon Germany       15,8%   1:6     |    15,4%   1:6    [2] Brazil        15,2%   1:7     |    27,6%   1:4    [1] Fran...
by Kaizeler
29 Nov 2017, 09:27
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

Ah OK.  Some sort of calibration may be needed to make this fully rigourous :-)  This might potentially be better than bookies' odds anyway due to the tight-fisted gits adjusting to make a profit...  the main thing is that your simulator has the competition format inherent within it.    Perhaps do ...
by Kaizeler
16 Nov 2017, 17:01
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup
Replies: 94
Views: 1.2K

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup

mattsanger92 wrote: Russia, who are apparently the 1st-ever host nation to be the lowest-ranked in the tournament going into the draw
Thus starting a proud tradition.
by Kaizeler
13 Nov 2017, 16:31
Forum: Players
Topic: Who are your favourite players?
Replies: 132
Views: 7.0K

Re: Who are your favourite players?

nfm24 wrote:Based on that level of inclusivity, there are probably dozens of players missing from that list.   There's probably a 60 year old who still plays in a very low league who would have about 1500 games...
Jozef Zovinec comes to mind.
by Kaizeler
30 Oct 2017, 11:39
Forum: Club Football
Topic: World championship
Replies: 239
Views: 11.1K

Re: World championship

Only slightly less of a shambles than Team GB being awarded a gold medal in cricket at the 1900 Olympics after beating France (actually mostly British Embassy officials from Paris).
by Kaizeler
25 Oct 2017, 18:52
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: Trigrammes
Replies: 21
Views: 335

Re: Trigrammes

Small flags, let's be havin' ya!
by Kaizeler
25 Oct 2017, 17:04
Forum: Alternative Representative Football
Topic: Yorkshire
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: Yorkshire

The YIFA men's side will be members of CONIFA
Which of the membership criteria could they possibly apply under though? Tyke linguistic minority perhaps?
by Kaizeler
20 Oct 2017, 08:17
Forum: Match additions
Topic: Match additions
Replies: 202
Views: 26.2K

Re: Match additions

10.10.2017 Mozambique 1-0 Cape Verde (in Massamá, Portugal) https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/mocambique-vence-cabo-verde-com-grande-golo-do-avancado-clesio-8832743.html Not on FIFA's list but I couldn't immediately find a reason not to consider it an A match. Cape Verde's team at least was very simil...
by Kaizeler
16 Oct 2017, 06:46
Forum: Eastern Europe
Topic: Estonia-St Kitts
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Estonia-St Kitts

SDb wrote: Estonia are now off to Oceania to play Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia next month!
Presumably to prepare for the possibility of facing OFC opposition at the 2022 World Cup.
by Kaizeler
15 Oct 2017, 11:20
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: Trigrammes
Replies: 21
Views: 335

Re: Trigrammes

mattsanger92 wrote:FIFA could find themselves in a bit of a bother at the U-17 World Cup this year should first-time qualifiers Niger end up progressing through the group stage and end up at some point playing Germany (in that order)... 
We were so close...
by Kaizeler
15 Oct 2017, 11:13
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

Hopefully this is an easy tweak: can you also include the capacity to plot qualifying odds against Elo rating (both are only permitted as y-axes currently)? As the odds were derived directly from the Elo ratings, this will just reflect the logarithmic definition of Elo (hence I suggested a sigmoid ...
by Kaizeler
14 Oct 2017, 09:18
Forum: Non-Sports
Topic: AnimNations
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: AnimNations

Petoria would probably find it difficult to field a full team. Paquador had a good side though.
by Kaizeler
14 Oct 2017, 09:00
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

I don't have a comprehensive numerical training (my graduation is in Computing field, instead), but I think PCA (principal component analysis) technique fits the problem very well. My suggestions for X set: GDP, population size, GDP per capita, number of professional players, ratio of professional ...
by Kaizeler
13 Oct 2017, 15:55
Forum: Rankings
Topic: Biggest Turnarounds in Ranking History
Replies: 15
Views: 260

Re: Biggest Turnarounds in Ranking History

I see your Wales and I raise you Montenegro:
Highest: 16 (June 2011)
Lowest: 199 (June 2007)

Though that's cheating a bit, as a newly established team they of course started off with zero points.
by Kaizeler
12 Oct 2017, 08:02
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

kaizeler: The correlation is there, for sure. And you disagree that the causation is also? Using critical thinking we can come to a pretty safe conclusion that wealth and population are major factors behind these results. Obviously wealth and performance aren't independent factors. But Spanish play...
by Kaizeler
11 Oct 2017, 15:16
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

This is very interesting. What is the blue line? One thing I would recommend is using both population and gdp per capita, which is what I labelled economic determinant. But this is good too. It looks like there is a quite noticeable correlation between GDP and success. Who would have thought? The c...
by Kaizeler
11 Oct 2017, 12:09
Forum: North, Central American & Caribbean Football
Topic: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?
Replies: 56
Views: 737

Re: How Easy Is It To Qualify For The World Cup in CONCACAF North America?

Trying to get us back to sanity, or at least more in line with the question at hand: 1. How easy is it for each country to qualify for the World Cup? Look at pre-qualifying odds for a first-level estimate. 2. Does it depend on the economic determinant? Plot those figures against each country's GDP. ...
by Kaizeler
01 Oct 2017, 19:16
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: World Military Cup
Replies: 183
Views: 2.9K

Re: World Military Cup

From Felix Martialay's book "Todo sobre todas las selecciones" I've got the following details regarding Spain matches. Details as given [1] Spain 1-1 France (1965 World Cup qualification, semifinals, first leg) 16.12.1964 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla) Referee: Décio Bentes de Freitas (Portugal) Sp...
by Kaizeler
26 Sep 2017, 12:47
Forum: Non-Sports
Topic: mobile games with smaller national teams
Replies: 13
Views: 355

Re: mobile games with smaller national teams

And of course Viva Soccer, who got a bit overenthusiastic about their Classical Mode:
by Kaizeler
25 Sep 2017, 20:49
Forum: Non-Sports
Topic: mobile games with smaller national teams
Replies: 13
Views: 355

Re: mobile games with smaller national teams

Ah, the good old FIFA 2000:
by Kaizeler
15 Sep 2017, 21:55
Forum: Players
Topic: Namesakes In The Same Squad
Replies: 24
Views: 889

Re: Namesakes In The Same Squad

Yesterday Partizan Belgrade fielded Nemanja Miletić alongside Nemanja Miletić. Interestingly they were both born in 1991.
by Kaizeler
13 Sep 2017, 22:01
Forum: Intercontinental Youth Football
Topic: Youngest (and oldest?) Age Group Teams
Replies: 5
Views: 70

Re: Youngest (and oldest?) Age Group Teams

The 1958 Dutch Olympic Day celebrations included a Netherlands Over-30 vs Netherlands Under-25 match (and also a Press XI vs Skaters XI, for good measure)
by Kaizeler
13 Sep 2017, 20:42
Forum: Club Football
Topic: Champions League predictions game
Replies: 48
Views: 1.3K

Re: Champions League predictions game

Sporting does that a lot. A different Martins was involved in the largest win in European competitions, scoring twice.
And in 1997 against Lierse they even had two Martins playing at the same time, but because neither could score, they were both replaced at half time.
by Kaizeler
13 Sep 2017, 18:18
Forum: Intercontinental Football
Topic: World Cup 2018 qualifiers
Replies: 102
Views: 3.6K

Re: World Cup 2018 qualifiers

And it will, just one game at a time. The latest news are that the referee of the Libya-Tunisia game was married to a Tunisian.
by Kaizeler
12 Sep 2017, 21:02
Forum: Club Football
Topic: Champions League predictions game
Replies: 48
Views: 1.3K

Re: Champions League predictions game

nfm24 wrote:
Luca wrote:This season the English clubs are "forced" to make a good Champions League. They are very rich, they have history and structures, so they must not fail.
They don't have any defenders.
Chelsea won a Champions League with David Luiz in their back four. Ergo, defenders are surplus to requirements.
by Kaizeler
11 Sep 2017, 19:26
Forum: Club Football
Topic: Champions League predictions game
Replies: 48
Views: 1.3K

Re: Champions League predictions game

Otra vez on y vas the repetitive refrainia: Champions: Sadly there are no players from Iceland this time round, so let's pick someone at random. Juventus. Runners-up: Real Madrid Surprise package: Manchester United. They will surprise everyone and defy expectations on their way to retaining the Euro...