Celebrating the World Cup in Numbers


Tweets and Facebook Posts

32.1 MM

The number of tweets sent out during the 2014 World Cup final match, making the game the most discussed single sporting event of all time on Twitter.

24.7 million

The U.S. television audience for the June 22 group stage match between Team USA and Portugal, the most watched soccer match in U.S. television history. An average of 18.2 million viewers caught the game on ESPN, easily beating the previous record on a U.S. network for a soccer game — the 17.97 million that watched the Women’s World Cup final between USA and China on ABC back in 1999. An additional 6.5 million caught the match on Spanish-language network Univision.

$1.68 billion

The minimum amount in lost productivity in the United States due to fans watching games during working hours, according to estimates by Captivate Network, which held an informal poll of 714 people across 15 major metropolitan centers. Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann famously asked, in an open letter, for U.S. employers to give their workers the day off to watch USA play Germany in the final group match.

. . . But we had fun!


Number of tweets per minute sent during the World Cup’s most tweeted-about goal, Marcello’s own goal in the opening game, Brazil v Croatia. Clint Dempsey’s goal that put the USA up 2-1 against Portugal was a close second with 304,603 tweets per minute.



The minimum number of World Cup tickets bought by Team USA fans, the largest contingent of foreign supporters who traveled to Brazil for this year’s tournament.

171 and 22

Goals were scored in Brazil  (tying the record), but 22 were scored in the 90th minute or later, easily surpassing the previous World Cup record of 13, set in 2006.


The temperature pitchside for Netherlands vs. Mexico in Fortaleza was 103 Fahrenheit (39 Centigrade) — the hottest at any match during the tournament.


Seconds for Clint Dempsey to open the scoring goal for the U.S. against Ghana, the quickest goal of the 2014 tournament and the fifth-fastest in World Cup finals history.


Here is the record goal by Turkey.


Goals became the new World Cup goal-scoring record when Miroslav Klose scored Germany’s third goal in their 7-1 semifinal mauling of Brazil. The striker also became the first player to appear in four World Cup semifinals.


Tim Howard saves – a record.


Minutes Argentina were behind during the entire tournament.


Only six European nations (46%)  made it to the last 16; a joint-World cup low since the round of 16 was introduced in 1986.  In comparison, 3 of the 4 CONCACAF teams advanced.


Teams to win a World Cup outside of its own continent.  Germany (winning in Brazil), Brazil (winning in USA, Japan, Sweden) and Argentina (Mexico).


With that the sun sets on a brilliant World Cup . . . on to Russia.



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