A network analysis of the 2010 FIFA world cup champion team play

  title={A network analysis of the 2010 FIFA world cup champion team play},
  author={Carlos Cotta and Antonio Mora Garc{\'i}a and Juan Juli{\'a}n Merelo Guerv{\'o}s and Cecilia Merelo-Molina},
  journal={Journal of Systems Science and Complexity},
This paper analyzes the network of passes among the players of the Spanish team during the last FIFA World Cup 2010, where they emerged as the champion, with the objective of explaining the results obtained from the behavior at the complex network level. The team is considered a network with players as nodes and passes as (directed) edges. A temporal analysis of the resulting passes network is also done, looking at the number of passes, length of the chain of passes, and to network measures… 

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