The latest 200 Words has been pubilshed here on The Copydesk, this time with Scottish novelist Christopher Brookmyre.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so blatantly fake in all my life as the so-called Palestinian baby suicide bomber photograph.
Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us man landed on the moon in 1969.
About two weeks before the World Cup started, I sent out the following stats to some of my workmates.
It seems odd now, but remarkable how much they’ve come true.
I researched them myself, by the way……
- There have been 16 World Cup Finals – seven in the American continent, nine in the European continent.
- The current World Cup in Japan and South Korea is the first to be held out with Europe or the Americas.
- The host nation has only won the trophy six times out of 16 tournaments.
- Brazil have featured in six of the final matches and have won the trophy four times.
- Brazil are the only country to have won the trophy outwith their own continent.
- Brazil are the only team to have featured in every single World Cup Finals.
- Brazil have featured in the last two World Cup Final matches (and now, a record-breaking three-in-a-row)
- Only seven nations have ever won the trophy – four from Europe, and three from the Americas.
- Just five nations account for 14 of the 16 trophies.
- seven nations account for all 16 trophies.
- England and France have only won the trophy once each.
- Only 10 nations have ever reached the final match of the tournament.
- Only four nations have reached the final match without ever winning the trophy.
- Holland and Hungary have reached the final match twice each, but have never won the trophy.
- Of the 10 nations who have reached the final match, Brazil have reached it six times out of the 16 finals, whilst Italy and Germany have reached it five times each.
- The last three ‘final’ matches have been the only ones in the history of the competition to feature the losing side not scoring in open play.
- The highest total number of goals scored in a final match is seven.
- The highest number of goals scored by a winning side in the final match is five when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.
- The highest number of goals scored by a losing side in the final match is two.
- No country has ever won the final match by more than three goals.
- Only one final match has ended with a single goal – Germany 1-0 Argentina in 1990.
- Brazil drew against Italy in the USA in 1994, and the tournament was decided on penalties for the first time ever
- Given the statistics, the final match is likely to include two of the following teams:
- Given the statistics, it is more likely that a European side (that has already won the trophy) will win the tournament in Japan and South Korea, by a margin of no more than three goals,
Therefore, one of the following teams are likely to be the winner:
In the final on Sunday, Germany face Brazil for the first time ever in the history of the tournament, and I can’t wait to see who wins, partly because the English media wrote off both sides as non-events before a ball was kicked, and both are now in the final.
The Macedonian government held a conference to try and tackle football violence and hooliganism, but the meeting ended in a punch-up.
“A few gunshots were heard during the fighting at the end of the meeting in Ohrid but no one was seriously hurt”.
The latest 200 Words has been published, featuring a crafty response from comic-book artist Brian Bolland.
Scientists claim to have sent a laser-based message using the same principles as the fictional Star Trek teleporter.