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.
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.
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.
More than 58 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 140 million interactions on the first day of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, on which host Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1, and Brazil’s Neymar was the topic of many of those interactions.