After the emotional, close, shootout-ending match with Chile that nearly knocked out Brazil on Saturday, it makes you wonder how much of a home team advantage hosting countries really have. Out of all 19 World Cups, six hosting countries have won the final – giving them an edge over competition 31.5 percent of the time.
This SAS Visual Analytics geomap shows the spread of countries (in purple or green) that have hosted the World Cup. Green represents hosting countries that have won.
Data came from the Planet World Cup web site.
Are you surprised by the hosting country/win ratio? Think being the home team makes a difference? Consider this insight as Brazil heads into its next challenge against Colombia. How much influence does its host position have over that game?
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