FIFA World Cup freakanomic predictions

How numbers and coincidences can tell us what could happen in Brasil 


As the FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 is approaching there are a series of fun stats that we could look at to predict what will really happen.

1966 and 2014 so many things in common

It’s amazing how 1966 and 2014 seem to have many things in common, this could either play well for England who won the World Cup in 1966 (which was played in England) or for Brasil as host country.

1966
Austria won the Euro Song Contest
Atlético de Madrid won La Liga
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions Cup
England won the FIFA World Cup

2014
Austria won the Euro Song Contest
Atlético de Madrid won La Liga
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League
Who will win the FIFA World Cup???

Moreover

In Spain in 1996 (and 2014) Betis Sevilla was relegated to second division and La Coruna came back to La Liga.

The host country in 1966 (and in 2014) met Mexico in the second match of the Group Stages.

The Italy squad included 2 Torino FC iconic players in 1966 (Rosato/Meroni) and in 2014 (Cerci/Immobile).

24 years after the 3rd one you may get your 4th title

It may be instead the year for Germany (again) as Brasil and Italy both won their 4th title after 24 years from the 3rd title.

Brasil: 3rd title 1970 — 4th 1994 (24yrs)
Italy: 3rd title 1982 — 4th 2006 (24yrs)
Germany: 3rd title 1990 — 4th in 2014?

Do you know about more fun facts?

Some friends have already contributed (Bastien Lacheny and Davide Giulietti).
If you know more please add anything here as comments in medium or send an email to cdm@deltatre.it