Germany’s 7-1 trouncing of host country Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinals Tuesday registered as the most-discussed sporting game ever on Twitter, with 35.6 million tweets posted worldwide during the match, and generated record activity on Facebook.
The blowout — the most lopsided loss by a World Cup host, and the worst defeat in the history of Brazil’s national team — set a Twitter record for posts per second, as Deutschland’s fifth goal in the 29th minute by Sami Khedira produced 580,166 tweets per minute.
By comparison, this year’s Super Bowl XLVIII registered 24.9 million tweets during the Seattle Seahawks’ romp over the Denver Broncos, slightly above 24.1 million for the 2013 Super Bowl. The 2014 game had a peak of 381,605 tweets per minute, after Seattle’s Percy Harvin returned the second-half opening kickoff for a touchdown.
On Facebook, 66 million people engaged in more than 200 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) related to the Germany-Brazil match — the most ever for a World Cup match to date. That included 16 million people in Brazil, who had more than 52 million interactions, representing about one-quarter of all global activity on the social network.
According to Twitter, 2014 World Cup group play registered more than 300 million tweets over a 15-day period — double the 150 million tweets about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London over 16 days. Prior to the Germany-Brazil match, the most-tweeted games of the tourney had been June 28′s Brazil-Chile meeting in the round of 16 with 16.4 million posts and the June 12 Brazil-Croatia opening match with 12.2 million.
Fans of Brazil, whose star forward Neymar was forced to miss the match because of an injury, took to Twitter to express shock, rage and utter disappointment in their team’s collapse. “Assim como todos os brasileiros, estou muito, muito triste com a derrota,” Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff tweeted (“Like all Brazilians, I’m very, very sad about the defeat”).
Twitter chatter about the Germany-Brazil match included quips and reaction from athletes and celebs:
No more please..I can't take this no more…it's hurting..feel for the Brazilian fans here….wow. Will these players ever recover from this—
Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 08, 2014
GERMANY WRITING WORLD CUP HISTORY TODAY !!! HUGE HUGE COMPLIMENT !!! SO PROUD OF THEM !!—
Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) July 08, 2014