Qatar 2022: style metrics of the 32 national teams

Category: Team Analysis

We selected eight style metrics to learn more about the 32 teams at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Published:17/11/2022

This coming Sunday, November 20, the Qatar 2022 World Cup kicks off, perhaps the most atypical of all, among other things, because it will be played in the middle of the season for many local leagues. In order to get to know each team, both in terms of performance and style of play, we have selected eight metrics with which to answer various questions:

  • Which team attacks the most vertically, and which team elaborates its attacks the most?
  • Which team is more effective between what it generates and what it scores?
  • Which team presses more intensely and which team recovers higher?
  • Which team generates more from set pieces?

Although the playing contexts are very different, forcing quite a few teams to play a very different role to the one they played in the qualifying phase (such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan or Iran, which will be inferior teams when they were dominant in their qualifying matches), the truth is that all these metrics bring us closer to a way of playing and a performance that has been sustained during their respective qualifying rounds.

This table reflects, for example, Spain’s intense dominance of the ball, possession and pressure; Costa Rica and Poland’s verticality and low possession based on their resources; England’s goalscoring crisis in the last Nations League; France and Portugal’s set-piece power; and Germany’s now recognized ability to win back almost eight times per game in the last 40 meters of the pitch.

On the other hand, using scatter graphs we can find out how vertical each team is and whether their verticality or horizontality translates into arrivals to the box or a constant depth. With the ‘Verticality’ metric we measure how each team approaches the goal, which gives us a clear picture of how each of them behaves to reach the opponent’s goal. European teams are located in the lower left quadrant, accustomed to doing everything in a more organized and elaborate way, advancing with safe and short passes, while the Americans or Asians tend to be more direct and reactive.

Another possibility to see how elaborate is the attack of each team is to cross the metrics passes per possession and distance (in meters) that each team travels in each possession. Many of these indicators show us traits of each team, what resources they have and how they got to Qatar.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in the statistical analysis of players and teams; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 200,000 players from more than 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
For Team Analysis we also recommend you:

Who can replace Ruslan Malinosvkyi?

Ruslan Malinovskyi could leave Atalanta next summer. With a hypothetical exit in mind, we look at five players who could replace him.

The great evolution of football: the average shot distance

There is no greater desire for statistical science than to be able to explain something complex and long-lasting in time with a single image. To be able to generate an immediate impact with a visualisation that condenses a story and its concept(s) in a second. And...

Directness: how direct each team is with their passes

We explain how our ‘Verticality’ metric works and visualise the data with the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Qatar 2022: La Gazzetta dello Sport collabora con Driblab (Italian)

In occasione della Coppa del Mondo in Qatar, Driblab non solo fornisce supporto statistico e di consulenza a tutti i suoi clienti, ma collabora anche con i principali media per far prendere sempre più coscienza delle statistiche avanzate attraverso progetti di ampio...

Il protagonista inatteso dei Mondiali in Qatar (Italian)

Il protagonista dei Mondiali del Qatar 2022 potrebbe essere lo stesso dei Mondiali di Russia 2018. I dati riflettono il suo dominio nelle competizioni internazionali.

Cercasi sostituto per Ruslan Malinovskyi (Italian)

Ruslan Malinovskyi potrebbe lasciare l’Atalanta la prossima estate. In vista di un’ipotetica uscita di scena, analizziamo cinque giocatori che potrebbero sostituirlo.

The unexpected protagonist of the Qatar World Cup

The protagonist of the Qatar 2022 World Cup could be the same as in the Russia 2018 World Cup. The data has been reflecting its dominance in international competitions.

The data that explain Luis Enrique’s Spain

We analyze how Luis Enrique’s Spain is coming into the World Cup and how the data shows its strengths and weaknesses.

The most offensive fullbacks in La Liga

We discover the most offensive fullbacks in La Liga and those who cover the most meters with carries, two metrics to measure the most important fullbacks in La Liga.

How did Ibarra lead Boca Juniors to the title?

Boca Juniors’ title, as seen through the data: What happened to make Boca go 15 games without defeat?

Driblab

Información corporativa

Somos una empresa con sede en Madrid fundada en 2017 por Salvador Carmona y Cristian Coré Ramiro. Desde nuestros inicios nuestro trabajo se ha centrado en el análisis estadístico de datos para ayudar a los clubes en la planificación deportiva. Somos una consultora big data que ofrece servicios personalizados para cada cliente y defiende un modelo de gestión mixto y una comunicación constante para acompañar el día a día de las instituciones. Nuestro punto fuerte es la más amplia cobertura disponible en número de torneos profesionales y juveniles. Para más detalles, póngase en contacto con nosotros.

Colaboramos con:

           

Hemos aparecido en:


Talk to our speciali