chapter  33
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Differences between winning, drawing and losing teams in the 2010 World Cup

Performance indicators in sport can be defined as the selection and combination of variables that define some aspect of performance and which help to achieve success (Hughes and Bartlett, 2002). These indicators have been suggested as useful for coaches and analysts can compare the expected performance (Sajadi and Rahnama, 2007; Rowlinson and O’Donoghue, 2009), with other teams, or predict future performance to constitute an ideal profile that can be used to predict future behaviour in a given sporting activity (O’Donoghue, 2005). In the context of soccer the World Cup is undoubtedly the greatest prize and it provides an opportunity to examine the best teams and players in the world. After a World Cup it is usually the successful teams which set the trend in terms of training and playing style. Indeed, others will tend to imitate the tactics and play of winning teams, seeking to master those aspects of performance which are deemed to underlie their success (Hughes and Franks, 2005).