There was a ripple of excitement on Twitter last night when Ivory Coast beat Japan 2-1, meaning 4 out of the first 8 matches at the World Cup finals had been won by a team conceding the first goal. Obviously the excitement touched on maths, and every now and then I try to provide a little helpful maths advice on Twitter. It rarely ends well: Continue reading
It’s an awkward time to be A-League chief David Gallop. On the one hand, he has to acknowledge Brisbane’s amazing season of dominance, which, by common football practices across most of the world, should already have delivered them a championship. At the same time, he has to talk up this weekend’s A-League grand final, where Brisbane will encounter Western Sydney, and the very real possibility that their work in the first 28 games of the season (like Besart Berisha‘s below) may be undone by bad luck in the last.
Not everyone likes it. Australian Rules devotees are willing to see grand final favourites who lose – North Melbourne 1998 and Geelong 2008 are two recent examples – as somehow lacking what it really takes to be a winner. Football fans feel differently. Continue reading