Finger length linked with football ability in professional players from Brazil!
June 18, 2010
[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] A new soccer documentary “How To Win The FIFA World Cup” (Sony Pictures Television International, 2010) predicts that from a scientific point of view, Brazil is most likely to become the FIFA World Cup winner in 2010. How come that Brazil is usually performing so well in football? Finger length research by British ‘finger professor’ John Manning provides a clue!
WHO WILL WIN THE 2010 FIFIA WORLD CUP?
Bernard Krikke + fellow researchers from the University of Groningen analysed 28,400 minutes of football matches including over 250,000 moment from the fields during World Cup games (from 1990 to 2006). According their DMA-analysis (based on: Defense Midfield Attack) Brazil is most likely to win the 2010 tournament, France might become the runner-up, and The Netherlands + Germany are most likely to play for Bronze.
The full documentary can be streamed from: RTL’s ‘Wie wint the FIFA WK voetbal’
Ronaldo (right hand digit ratio estimate: 0.93) was the Golden ball winner of the FIFA World Cup 1998.
FINGER LENGTH & FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN BRAZIL!
Brazil’s footballing prowess may have more to do with the players’ finger lengths than their training schedule or their ‘hunger’ to succeed, say scientist John Manning from the University of Liverpool.
At the 12th Commonwealth International Sport Conference, held in Manchester in the lead-up to the recent Commonwealth Games, Dr John Manning reported on studies suggesting that one simple physical feature offers an accurate means of predicting future footballing ability. It kicks in in the womb and can be seen from birth.
In collaboration with colleagues Dr Rogan Taylor and Dr Peter Bundred, John Manning measured the digits of amateur footballers from UK local leagues and professional footballers from the Brazilian first division club Internacional of Porto Alegre. He found a low ratio between the index finger and the ring finger in all the footballers, but the ratio was much lower in the professional players.
Romário (right hand digit ratio estimate: 0.93) was the Golden ball winner of the FIFA World Cup 1994.
Manning explains in his second book ‘The Finger Book‘ (2008):
“In collaboration with Rogan Taylor and senior coach João Paulo Medina, I was recently fortunate enough to measure the finger ratios of a Brazilian First Division side, Sport Club International of Porto Alegra.”
“The hands of ninety-nine players were photocopied, of whom thirty-three were members of the senior playing staff. This group of players had an average left-hand finger ratio of 0.93, more masculined than English football’s ‘League Legends’. The first-team squad consisted of twenty players with an even lower average finger ratio of 0.92, and thirteen reserves with a mean ratio of 0.96. Considering the first-team squad, six players had astonishingly low ratios of below 0.90. This group included a forward with a ratio of 0.885, who was subsequently transferred to Barcelona for a fee reported to be in excess of $12 million.”
The biggest unanswered question is… who has the Brazilian football player that was transfered to Barcelona for $12M?
Pelé (right hand digit ratio estimate: 0.94) was the Golden ball winner of the FIFA World Cup 1970.
A final impressive illustration of Brazil’s football ability:
Brazil is widely known as the only country that was able to win the Word Cup five times. But even more impressive… in the history of football only 12 players were able to win the ‘Golden Ball’ when the tournament was not played in the home country of the player. Six of those players were Brazilians! The names are: Leonidas (1938), Didi (1958), Garrincha (1962), Pelé (1970), Romário (1994) & Ronaldo (1998) – the list of non-brazilian names is also impressive: Ferenc Puskás (1954), Johan Cruijff (1974), Paolo Rossi (1982), Diego Maradona (1986), Oliver Kahn (2002) & Zinedine Zidane (2006).
Based on track-record AND finger length: in the Brazilian 2010 football squad are Kaká, Robinho and Luis Fabiano the most important nominees for winning the ‘FIFA World Cup Golden Ball 2010’ in South-Africa.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
The 2010 football squad from Brazil.