The Count: ESPN’s New Soccer Rankings

“Nate Silver, the baseball analyst-turned-political analyst, has now turned his numerical acumen to soccer, producing a ranking of national teams for ESPN.com. The Soccer Power Index, which is meant to be used to predict match outcomes and will be put to the test at the next World Cup, differs markedly from its competition. Rankings by FIFA, the world soccer governing body, have England seventh in the world, Chile 17th and Uruguay 25th. Silver ranks them at third, eighth, and 10th, respectively. Meanwhile, Italy drops from fourth to 12th in his system, and Croatia from eighth to 19th.” (WSJ)

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