The 2014 World Cup just became the most-discussed sporting event of all-time. By a shocking 7-1 scoreline led by a 5-goal first half, Germany completely humiliated the host country of the tournament, Brazil, and set some records in the process.
Trying to overcome the unfortunate loss of superstar Neymar, due to a fractured vertebrae against Colombia, and the suspension of Thigao Silva, it was simply too daunting of a task for the short-handed Brazilian side.
There were 35.6 million tweets during the entire match, or 6,341 tweets per minute. Per twitter data , Brazil vs. Germany is the most-discussed single sports game ever on twitter!
Certainly sets the stage for any other professional sport, let's see another league such as the NFL or NBA try and top that. Soccer truly is the most popular sport around the globe, and the German performance had twitter literally on fire yesterday.
Here's some more stats courtesy of twitter data:
Julio Cesar, Oscar, and Fred were the most-mentioned players from the Brazilian side (majority more than likely negative, Fred was booed by the home crowd), while Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos, and Thomas Muller earned most-mentioned for the Germans, and rightfully so the way those three played today. The Brazil fans at one point were actually applauding the impressive German play late in the game, it was truly a masterpiece.
The Germans officially set the twitterverse ablaze in the 29th minute, when Sami Khedira fired one in the back of the net, making it a shocking 5-0, and all but the death of Brazil's hopes of a World Cup victory.
There were 580,166 tweets per minute, which is just another one in the record books for a historical night in German football history and the history of soccer in general. It was truly a clinic put on by the Germans, and a game I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Here's a highlight reel of the 5 goals scored by the Germans in the first 30 minutes of the match. Just utter dominance and pure brilliance:
And here's some fan reactions as this was all unfolding. Pure disbelief and agony for the Brazilian faithful:
(Germany takes a 3-0 lead in the 24th minute, and this woman sums up the entire countries disbelief with how quickly things escalated)
(It got even worse...At this point, the Brazilians have just conceded the fifth goal of the first half. You can literally see the disappointment and emotional pain this woman was feeling. The game was virtually over at this point, Brazil's World Cup hopes dashed in a little under a half hour)
Things didn't improve for the home side in the second half, giving up two more to the Germans, moving the score to an embarrassing 7-0. Brazil's Oscar scored a late, meaningless goal in the 89th minute to salvage a shutout, but that's the only positive you could take from one of the worst defeats we have seen in World Cup history.
Netherlands and Argentina square off later today, to decide who will face Germany in the final. I don't think it will be breaking both soccer and social media records like the mighty Germans did yesterday, but it will be interesting to see if two European teams can square off on South American soil for all the marbles.
That also, has never been done before. Records might just be the trend heading into the conclusion of this tournament, and what a ride it's been. 2018 can't come soon enough.
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