The FIFA World-cup 2010 edition is around the corner. Like millions of people around the world, I too am an ardent fan of football. (although, I have played only one game of soccer in which I waited near opponents goal post as I was too lazy to run around. And when my team mates kicked the ball at me, I got confused and kicked it hard, only in the opposite direction. But that is a story for another day)
So, I was looking at the official balls used since 1930 and thought to myself, if they can be visualized in an interactive excel chart, you know, just for fun.
Here is the dynamic chart I could come up with.
The chart shows all the balls – Telstar, Tango, Azteca, Etrvsco, Questra, Tricolore, Fevernova, Teamgeist and latest Jabulani. Use the scroll-bar to scroll thru years 1930 thru 2010. (there was no FIFA world-cup in years 1942 and 1946 due to second world war)
Few things to note:
- Although I could get the ball images from 1930 (thanks to this site), I couldnot find any solid information on ball names or underlying technology between 1930 – 1966.
- The chart is a combo chart of line and scatter plots. The smaller balls are part of line chart (so is the maroon color highlight ring).
- The bigger ball is scatter chart.
- I have used text boxes (4 of them) to show ball names, detailed descriptions etc. [learn how to use text boxes in charts to create better labels / legends]
- The scrollbar form control makes the chart interactive [learn how to use scroll bar form control]
- The chart works in Excel 2007 and above. In 2003, it mysteriously collapsed all balls to bottom left corner.
Download the Official FIFA Worldcup Soccer Balls since 1930 in an Excel Chart
Click here to download the excel file containing this chart. Play with it. [mirror]
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Have a good weekend.