Wembley Stadium in London will host Saturday’s all-German 2013 UEFA Champions League Final between favorite FC Bayern Munich and underdog Borussia Dortmund, and according to sister site PageData, Bayern Munich is the favorite on Facebook, as well as on the pitch.
Chelsea may be a distant third behind Manchester United on the Barclays Premier League table, but when it comes to the ability to monetize its Facebook page, the English soccer club topped rankings by Marketing Metrix, with Manchester United relegated to the middle of the pack.
Professional sports teams and leagues are as focused on Facebook and other social media as businesses from other sectors are, and an all-star team of social media executives from the field joined moderator and Movement Strategy Co-Founder Jason Mitchell on a panel at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York Wednesday, “How Professional Sports Are Monetizing through Facebook.”
Spain may have emerged victorious at the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, but in terms of Facebook growth during the June 8-July 1 soccer tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reigned supreme, topping most categories tracked by AllFacebook Stats.
While gambling may fall afoul of Facebook’s platform policies, applications promoting gambling on sporting events for virtual currency are apparently acceptable to the social network., with soccer gambling app 90Live launching earlier this week, followed closely by BettingSTAR, which adds Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association to its offerings, along with European soccer.
Just in time for Friday’s kickoff of the UEFA European Football Championship, European social gaming startup Crowdpark announced the launch of 90Live, which it calls the first dedicated soccer betting game on Facebook.
Global soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona teamed up with MicroStrategy to launch a free Facebook application called FCB Alert.
It may not be the World Cup, but for soccer fans, the UEFA European Football Championship is a close second, and AllFacebook Stats has been tracking Facebook sentiment on the teams that will participate in the tournament.
Jesus Daily leads our list of the most engaging Facebook pages, followed by motivational speaker Mario Teguh and a host of non-U.S. pages, including ones for soccer and religion.
Soccer dominates Facebook’s rankings of the top sports themes in status updates, reminding us of how global the social network really is.