The Twitter #WorldCup group stage recap

Updated: Jun 27 2014, 20:02pm hrs
Luis Suarez, Ronaldo, Pepe are the top most mentioned players in Asia Pacific, ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. globally

The thrill of each goal, the ecstasy of each victory, the impatient wait for your squad to return to the pitch the #WorldCup has brought people across the globe to Twitter to share every heart-pounding moment. Tweets have reached 300 million, double that of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and we have only completed the Group stage of the tournament.

While Lionel Messi is most mentioned globally on Twitter during the World Cup so far, Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) is tops in Asia Pacific and in India. The infamous biting incident and subsequent ban for Suarez have been more discussed among Asians and Indians, than Messi's sparkling performance and four-goal tally. Meanwhile, the football players most tweeted about in India are Suarez, Pepe and Christiano Ronaldo.

With the group stage now complete, weve compiled metrics and visualizations that illustrate how the conversation has unfolded on Twitter since the matches began.

1. There have been more than 300 million Tweets related to the #WorldCup since group play began.

Whether cheering after a big goal, predicting the outcome of the next match, or chewing on the latest controversy, fans came to Twitter to discuss the World Cup more than 300 million times so far.

Just over two weeks into the #WorldCup and the tournament is already becoming one of the most talked about events on Twitter of all time. To give you a sense of scale for this volume of Tweets, sent over a 15-day period: we saw more than 150 million Tweets about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London over 16 days.

2. The Brazil vs. Croatia match drove the most Twitter conversation.

The opening match between host country Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) and Croatia (@HNS_CFF) saw the most Twitter conversation during a match in real time thus far, with over 12.2 million Tweets. Here are the top five most-tweeted matches during group play:

1. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Croatia (@HNS_CFF) on June 12: 12.2 million Tweets

2. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Mexico (@miseleccionmx) on June 17: 8.95 million Tweets

3. Germany (@DFB_Team) vs. Portugal (@selecaoportugal) on June 16: 8.9 million Tweets

4. Spain (@SeFutbol) vs. Netherlands (@KNVB) on June 13: 8.3 million Tweets

5. Spain (@SeFutbol) vs. Chile (@ANFPChile) on June 18: 8.2 million Tweets

3. Marcelo (@12MarceloV) scoring on teams own goal in the opening match was the most-tweeted moment.

Three of the top five most-tweeted moments occurred during Brazil's opening match vs. Croatia on June 12. Here are the top five plays that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation, measured in Tweets per minute (TPM), during the group stage:

1. Brazils Marcelo (@12MarceloV) scored on teams own goal during the June 12 match vs. Croatia: 378,085 TPM

2. Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) goal against Portugal on June 22 that put USA up 2-1: 304,603 TPM

3. Brazils Neymar (@neymarjr) first goal in the June 12 match vs. Croatia: 280,265 TPM

4. Portugals Pepe (@officialpepe) receives a red card for a head-butt on Germanys Thomas Mller (@esmuellert_) and is ejected from the June 16 match: 261,026 TPM

5. Brazils Oscar (@oscar11) goal in the June 12 match vs. Croatia: 256,953 TPM

4. Argentinas Lionel Messi is the most-mentioned player globally, but Luis Suarez is most-mentioned in APAC and India.

Argentinas Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar Jr., who have both scored four goals in group play, are the most mentioned #WorldCup players so far on Twitter. And thanks to the infamous biting incident and subsequent ban, Uruguays Luis Surez is the most-mentioned player across the Asia Pacific region and India on Twitter during the #WorldCup group stage.

No Most Mentioned Players on Twitter in Asia Pacific*

1 Luis Suarez, #URU, @luis16suarez

2 Pepe, #POR, @officialpepe

3 Cristiano Ronaldo, #POR, @cristiano

4 Robin Van Persie, #NED, @Persie_Official

5 Lionel Messi, #ARG

6 Nani, #POR, @luisnani

7 Wayne Rooney, #ENG, @WayneRooney

8 Mario Balotelli, #ITA, @FinallyMario

9 Neymar Junior, #BRA, @neymarjr

10 Mesuit Ozil, #GER, @MesuitOzil1088

* Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam

No Most Mentioned Players on Twitter in India

1 Luis Suarez, #URU, @luis16suarez

2 Cristiano Ronaldo, #POR, @cristiano

3 Pepe, #POR, @officialpepe

4 Lionel Messi # ARG

5 Robin Van Persie, #NED, @Persie_Official

6 Wayne Rooney, #ENG, @WayneRooney

7 Mario Balotelli, #ITA, @FinallyMario

8 Nani, #POR, @luisnani

9 Neymar Junior, #BRA, @neymarjr

10 David Villa # ESP @Guaje7Villa

5. The most retweeted Tweet came from @FinallyMario.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) tweeted about the fact that #ENGs fate could be determined by #ITAvCRC. With over 177,000 Retweets, its the most shared Tweet of the World Cup. Balotellis cheeky Tweet resonated around the world it has been viewed over 17 million times, as illustrated in this chart:

6. #USA and #BRA are the most used hashflags.

Fans around the world have been adding color to #WorldCup Tweets using hashflags to cheer on their team. So we tallied up all of the Tweets with hashflags since the games began on June 12 to predict who would win the tournament in the World Cup of Tweets:

This chart shows the most-used hashflags during the group stage:

The thrilling action will continue as the #WorldCup enters the knockout stage. To see the latest insights about the conversation on Twitter, follow @TwitterData and @TwitterSports.