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Data: How will England perform in the World Cup this summer?

Is there a correlation between clubs’ Champions’ League performances and their nations’ F.I.F.A. rankings?

Long has the debate raged about whether the strength of England’s domestic league harms the national team’s performance or, conversely, whether German clubs’ recent renaissance has been caused in part by the resurgence of the German national team.

Yet few attempts have been made to examine this link statistically. In this post, I will look into whether there is a correlation between the performances of a nation’s clubs in international competition and the performances of a nation itself, in the form of its F.I.F.A. ranking, to see whether this season’s Champions’ League can give us a clue to the outcome of the summer’s World Cup.

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