Cambridge study shows words most associated with World Cup teams

Thursday July 10th, 2014

A study from Cambridge University Press shows the words most commonly associated with all 32 teams that competed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

The study surveyed a variety of media sources and compiled the three words used most often to describe each country. 

The words used most commonly to describe the United States are "determined," "heroic," and "courageous," according to the study. England, on the other hand, is described as "exciting," "inexperienced," and "disappointing."

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As far as the World Cup finalists, Germany is "powerful," "focused," and "committed," while common Argentinean labels are "confident," "flair," and "unconvincing."

From the BBC's report on the study:

The multi-billion word database of written and spoken English language was designed to give an indication of how each team was perceived by media and fans alike.

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