Tuesday, August 02, 2016

50 Years of Hurt

Fifty years ago England won the World Cup. To mark this 50th anniversary of England's one and only success in major competition Esri has released a 3d map of the original Wembley Stadium. The map also includes a visualization of Opta's data of the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany.

They think it's all over ... It is now! includes a number of quick links to view important moments in the game. These key moments include one showing the actual view of the Russian linesman for Geoff Hurst's controversial second goal. Geoff Hurst's shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar and bounced down on or just over the goal-line. The Russian linesman judged the ball had crossed the line and awarded a goal. Most Englishmen think he got the decision right. Most Germans think he got it wrong.

The map also includes a visualization of every single pass made in the game. When you overlay every single pass made in the game on top of the Wembley pitch it is a little difficult to pick out any single moment out within the noise of the data. The map therefore also includes an interesting 3d column view of the game. The kick-off is shown at the bottom of the column and the game progresses as you move up the vertical column.

You can read more about how the map was created and how the data is visualized on the map's Description page.

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