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Just asking… #1 – Soccer


Around this time of year, in most European countries the soccer competition is starting again. The basic underlying concept is that you have 20 or so teams playing 1-on-1 games of soccer against each other (11 guys or girls kicking a ball from left to right in an attempt to kick it into a goal at the right end of the field and 11 others – conveniently outfitted with shirts of another color – doing exactly the opposite). The team that wins a match gets 3 points, the team that loses obviously get no points. If both teams have scored the same amount of goals during the match, both teams get one point. The teams that has gathered the highest amount of points at the end of the season is that year’s champion.

But now I am wondering: what happens if all matches in the season end in exactly the same score? Say 1-0 or 1-1. By the end of the season, each team will then have the same amount of points and the same amounts of goals scored (usually the second element taken into consideration to determine the ranking). So who will be champion then? Just asking…

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