Anatomy Of A Goal: The science behind Iniesta's 2010 World Cup winner

Posted by Chris Wright

There is a special strata of society that sees the world as a bleeping, Matrix-style grid of stats, figures and rolling data - these are the mathematicians.

They are not like you or I; their eyes are always transfixed on the middle-distance, they whir mechanically as quadratic formulas parade through their minds ad infinitum and they all small faintly of boiled ham.

Anyway, while personally speaking, we're not overly enamoured with the endless tirade of largely trivial stats that seems to clog up the professional game these days, we are more than happy to indulge our inner mathematician and make time for an occasional dabble in the filthy God-forsaken underworld that is cutting edge football statistics.

What you're about to see here is Andres Iniesta's World Cup-winning goal against Holland in 2010 completely dissected into its base numerical form as the bods over at stat specialists Opta go about their seedy business...

Intriguing. Incredibly complex and largely irrelevant, but intriguing none the less.

You wonder how those poor sods get through life without getting utterly freaked out by every number they see.

(Video: Numberphile)

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