Social World Cup 2014

If goals were followers who would win this years World Cup? 

Footballers are some of the most famous athletes on the planet. Stars both on the pitch, in tabloids and on televisions across the world. With the World Cup on the horizon, we decided to look at who would win the tournament if a team's Twitter following was proportional to their success.

We predicted results of the group stages and then began looking at who had the most Twitter followers in the final 16, placing them in the tournament against each other to see who would win the social world cup 2014.

Who do you think will win? 

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England comes 4th; this would be a brilliant result! Unfortunately not all footballers had an official Twitter- notably Messi was without a page, either as a response to online abuse, or because he simply doesn't use it. There are also some young players who, despite not having a large Twitter following, may make a massive impact in the tournament.

We did see that generally speaking, players who play or have played for in either a top English club or Real Madrid and Barcelona have a bigger following, probably because these are the club sides with the largest international fan base. From our results, Spain are set to retain the cup, which they won for the first time in 2010. Despite not having the player with the most Twitter followers, a title held by Ronaldo who was largely responsible for Portugal making it to the final, they had the most Twitter followers as a team.

Unfortunately the World Cup is never so logical and we may see some unexpected results, it looks set to be an exciting summer for international football. We can't wait!

World Cup Facts

The most:

World cup Tournaments Played in (Team): Brazil - 19

World cup Tournaments Played in (Player): Antonio Carbajal (Mexico) and Lothar Matthäus (Germany): 5

Matches played in by a player: Lothar Matthäus - 25

Minutes played by a player: Paolo Maldini - 2217

Wins (Team): Brazil - 5

Wins (Player): Pelé - 3

World cup goals: Ronaldo - 15

Goals scored in a match by one team: Austria 7 Switzerland 5 1954 - 12

Goals scored in a match (Player): Olag Salenko (for Russia VS Cameroon 1994) - 5

Goals in a a tournament (Team): Hungary (Switzerland 1954) - 27

Goals in a a tournament (Player): Just Fontaine (for France in Sweden 1958) - 13

World cup own goals by a team: Bulgaria, Mexico and Spain - 3

World cup own goals by a team in one tournament: Bulgaria (1966) - 2

Matches won (team): Brazil - 67

Matches won (player): Cafu - 16

Apperances in a final (Team): Brazil - 7

Apperances in a final (Player): Cafu - 3

Attendance of a match: Uruguay v Brazil (Brazil 1950)  - 199,854

Attendance of a final: Argentina v West Germany (Mexico 1986) - 114,600

Clean Sheets(Player): Peter Shilton (England) and Fabien Barthez (France)  - 10

Consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (Player): Walter Zenga - 517

Biggest Victory: Hungary VS El Salvador (Spain 1982): 10 - 1

Youngest

Player: Norman Whiteside (Northern Ireland) - 17 years 41 days

Captain: Tony Meola (USA) - 21 years 109 days

Goalscorer: Pelé - 17 years  239 days

Oldest  

Player: Roger Milla (Cameroon) - 42 years 39 days

Captain: Peter Shilton - 40 years  292 days

Goalscorer: Roger Milla (Cameroon) - 42 years  39 days

Fastest

Goal from kick off: Hakan Şükür (For Turkey VS Korea Republic in South Korea & Japan 2002) - 11 seconds

Hat-trick: László Kiss ( For Hungary VS El Salvador, Spain 1982) - 8 minutes

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