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World Cup 2010: Representation of the Continents

9 July, 2010

An infograph showing the representation of the Continents at the Fifa World Cup 2010

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This is an infograph showing the representation (number of teams/countries) of each Continent (or Confederation) at the Fifa World Cup 2010. For each of the stages of the World Cup there is a pie graph that indicates the proportion of each continent to the total number of teams who participated in the stage in question.

Some perhaps interesting facts are the following:

  • During the first stage of the World Cup Finals there were 6 African teams (out of 32 in total). Only 1 (Ghana) made it to the next (‘last 16’) stage. On the other hand all the 5 South American teams proceeded. Oceania (represented only by New Zealand*) was eliminated. More than half of the European teams (7 out of 13) went out.
  • At the next stage (‘last 16’) all the representative teams left of Asia and North America were eliminated.
  • At the quarter finals (8 teams left) half of the teams were South Americans. Only 1 (Uruguay) made it to the semi-finals. Africa (Ghana) was eliminated.
  • In the final match of the World Cup both teams (Netherlands and Spain) represent Europe and as a result the cup will be won by a European team.

When I was developing another infograph about The History of the World Cup Finals (about a month before the tournament started), I thought that I could comment on the fact that pretty much the World Cup is a South American / European affair. Well, it seems that this time it is solely a European affair. (At least South Americans, with Uruguay, still have the chance to finish third).

Watching some of the matches (or at least their highlights) of the World Cup Finals has been a wonderful experience. However, it is still a passive ‘experience’, so if I may, I would like to suggest you (if you are healthy enough) to try the real thing! It should be even better!

Continent /
Group Stage
(32 teams)
Last 16
Quarter Finals
Semi Finals
Finals World Cup Winner
Africa 6 1 1 0 0 0
Asia & Oceania 5 2 0 0 0 0
Europe 13 6 3 3 2 1
North America 3 2 0 0 0 0
South America 5 5 4 1 0 0

* Strangely enough (for me) according to FIFA, Australia belongs to the Asian Confederation


Data were compiled using BBC’s website


If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at our post about World Cup Finals 2010: the Group Stage – an infograph
One Comment leave one →
  1. maria Varvarigou permalink
    9 July, 2010 8:47 pm

    Just impressed by the creativity of this one! Although I am not a football expert (or may I say watch football for the wrong reasons….), this graph is genius!

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