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With 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in the history books, the Facebook Data Science Team reported that 350 million Facebook users generated 3 billion interactions (posts, likes, and comments) during the tournament, which ran from June 12 through Sunday (July 13), making it the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history.
The final match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, in which Germany edged Argentina 1-0 with a goal late in extra time, was the top sporting event in Facebook’s history, generating more than 280 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) from 88 million users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The Huffington Post was the top publisher on Facebook in June, in terms of both shares and overall interactions (likes, shares, and comments), according to the latest data from social media news aggregator NewsWhip.
The second semifinal match at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil did not approach the first in terms of game play or Facebook buzz, but according to the Facebook Data Science Team, the victory by Argentina over the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-2) after a 0-0 draw resulted in more than 83 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) on the social network, from 39 million users.
Host Brazil’s shocking 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in a semifinal match Tuesday at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil sparked the most conversation on Facebook of any of the tournament’s games to date, with 66 million of the social network’s users responsible for more than 200 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes), including more than 52 million interactions from 16 million users in Brazil alone, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
Facebook page administrators, beware: While the social network does have verified pages, do not respond to notifications from a page called Verified Page that request permission to take ownership of your pages.
The Fourth of July saw some daytime fireworks in the form of two 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil quarterfinal matches, as host Brazil edged Colombia 2-1, while Germany dispatched France 1-0. According to the Facebook Data Science Team, the Brazil-Colombia match resulted in 60 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) from 26 million Facebook users, while the Germany-France contest spurred 26 million interactions from 16 million users.
The Facebook Data Science Team continued to analyze 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as the tournament’s round of 16 came to a close, examining how users in different countries refer to “soccer” and “goals,” as well as compiling a list of the 10 goals that have generated the most shared posts and comments about goals.