WORLD CUP: Most Social Matches, Goals, Countries, Players On Facebook During Group Stage

WorldCupGroupStageTotal650The opening match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the most social thus far, according to the Facebook Data Science Team, while the goal by Javier “Chicharito” Hernández in Mexico’s 3-0 win over Croatia was the most social goal, host nation Brazil topped all countries in tournament-related conversations, and Neymar of Brazil was the player who generated the most buzz.

The Facebook Data Science team examined all World Cup-based conversation on the social network between June 12 and 26, encompassing more than 815 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) from more than 200 million users.

The top 10 social matches were:

  1. Brazil 3, Croatia 1, June 12
  2. Germany 4, Portugal 0, June 16
  3. Brazil 4, Cameroon 1, June 23
  4. U.S. 2, Portugal 2, June 22
  5. Brazil 0, Mexico 0, June 17
  6. Mexico 3, Croatia 1, June 23
  7. Uruguay 1, Italy 0, June 24
  8. Uruguay 2, England 1, June 19
  9. U.S. 2, Ghana 1, June 16
  10. Argentina 1, Iran 0, June 21

The 10 goals that generated the most “goooooooooals” in posts and comments were:

  1. Javier “Chicharito” Hernández seals Mexico’s win over Croatia with a goal to make it 3-0.
  2. Neymar’s first World Cup goal, June 12, bringing Brazil level with Croatia, 1-1.
  3. Neymar scores June 23 vs. Cameroon to give Brazil a 1-0 lead.
  4. Neymar converts a penalty kick in the tournament’s opening match to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Croatia.
  5. Neymar scores his second goal against Cameroon, giving Brazil a 2-1 edge.
  6. Andrés Guardado scores for Mexico, giving it a 2-0 lead over Croatia.
  7. Mexico’s Rafa Marquez gives his squad a 1-0 lead over Croatia.
  8. Fernandino scores Brazil’s fourth goal against Cameroon.
  9. Fred scores to give Brazil a 3-1 lead vs. Cameroon.
  10. Diego Godin score to put Uruguay out in front of Italy, 1-0.

The top 10 countries in terms of World Cup conversation were:

  1. Brazil
  2. U.S.
  3. U.K.
  4. Indonesia
  5. India
  6. Mexico
  7. France
  8. Venezuela
  9. Argentina
  10. Germany

And the 10 most-talked-about players during the group stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil were:

  1. Neymar
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Leo Messi
  4. Luis Suárez
  5. Oscar
  6. Mario Balotelli
  7. Thomas Müller
  8. Guillermo Ochoa
  9. Wayne Rooney
  10. Mesut Özil

The Facebook Data Science team noted that Neymar alone accounted for 30 percent of conversation around individual players, with Neymar and Ronaldo combining for 52 percent.


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