Colours of the (Football) Champions
As a continuation of our "colours" topic from the last blog entry, this week we'll discuss something relating to a more recent event: The FIFA World Cup 2018 (we're sure a proportion of viewers must have had a few days short of sleep here in Hong Kong) Now, for those of you who are hoping to place a bet on which team will win, we will do a hypothesis solely on the colours of the football uniforms.
Now, we're going to refer to a website entry on "The Most Successful Colours in the Premier League Era", to give some of our facts on the matter. Last week, we talked about what colours can represent for companies and teams, so let's talk about the colours red and blue. Red could represent dominance, intensity, outstanding; blue could represent control, confidence, trust etc. Surely these are great energies to have on a football pitch, and the statistics surely say so too: most successful teams tend to be in a red (or blue coloured top).
Looking at a breakdown, the colour with the highest average number of points taken (note: 3 for a win; 1 for a draw; 0 for a loss) is burgundy at 1.6, with vivid pink and red following closely behind at 1.588 and 1.548 respectively. Interestingly enough, the colours gold, orange and yellows, are on the lower end of the spectrum, with 0.778, 0.928, and 1.092 respective points taken on average.
What about goals scored? Similarly, you see burgandy, reds and pinks taking the leads at an average goal per game figure of 1.567, 1.464, and 1.353 accordingly. Can't really say that the green, gold and, orange colours are shining though, with 0.934,1, and 1.032 goal average per game.
Winning also means you mustn't allow your opposition to score, and on the tally of goals conceded, and you'd not be be surprised to find that the colour with the least goals conceded is burgandy, pinks and reds, at 0.983, 1.059, and 1.181 goals conceded per game on average. Likewise, the colours gold, orange, and yellow fair much worse, ad 1.889, 1.775, and 1.527 goals conceded per game on average. Now that's a whole lot of lost opportunities.
(For more info, pls refer to the source: http://www.buytshirtsonline.co.uk/football-colours/)
BACK TO THE WORLD CUP 2018
Ok, just to recap the winners list so far:
1) Brazil (Yellow)- 5 wins
2) Italy (Blue)- 4 wins / Germany (White)- 4 wins
3) Uruguay (Blue)- 2 wins / Argentina (Blue/White)- 2 wins
4) England (White)- 1 win / France (Blue)- 1 win / Spain (Red) - 1win
So, seemingly the colour theory from the Premier League is not that applicable, but since we are only hypothesizing for something without any other factors relating to actual player abilities, or how much financing goes into the teams, there is probably no need to be all too serious about this. Furthermore, we clearly have not been looking at away shirts for all these teams as well, so honestly, just take this as a light read to brighten up your day.
Just to make it a little clearer, for the final stage, we decided to make it so we look at the FIFA World Cup winner colours, so it goes:
1) 8 total wins from blue coloured teams
2) 5 total wins from yellow coloured teams (or really only Brazil)
3) 5 total wins from white coloured teams
4) 1 total win from red coloured teams
Having removed yellow, white, red coloured teams, we are left over with 2 blue teams, Uruguay and France, so perhaps the colours they wear will shoot them to the end of this? Only one way to be sure, stay tuned in for the FIFA World Cup Finals, to get that ultimate "Who Will Win” question answered. Until then, just enjoy the football, and of course, be proud of the team you support, whatever colour they wear.