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All posts tagged "2018 FIFA World Cup"

  • Here’s how the F-word trended on Reddit after Croatia beat England

    It's Friday, and we hope that England fans have calmed down by now, especially considering the below data. On Wednesday night, when Croatia put two goals past Pickford to book their place in their first ever World Cup final, there were a lot of F-bombs thrown around on the internet. Notably on Reddit in particular. Through a trending post on r/dataisbeautiful, Reddit user u/PieGeters documented the timeline of comments posted to the r/soccer subreddit that included the word "fuck". According to u/PieGeters, was created "in an hour at work". Uses of the word "Fuck" in the r/soccer match thread during yesterdays game between...

  • 5 interesting Google Search blips after the World Cup semi-finals

    So... my World Cup predictions are out the window. France will play Croatia in the final after the teams beat Belgium and England respectively. The latter was quite the cracker, with Croatia scoring just a few minutes into the second half of extra time. England simply had no reply. But what the win also gave Croatia is the largest search spike on Google than any of the other semi-final teams this past week. We look at this, and more search anomalies, in the below piece. Croatia sees biggest search spike after England triumph Within the week of the semi-finals, Croatia saw the largest global...

  • Twitter: ‘Africa’s going to the final’ after France beats Belgium

    "It's like Africa going to the final" is a disposition many Twitter users across the continent harbour after last night's semi-final. France beat Belgium 1-0 in a drab affair in St. Petersburg, but the win is seemingly not just a highlight for France itself. More than half of the French squad can reportedly play for a team based in Africa if they so wished, based on parental nationality. In fact, the man who scored the winner last night, Samuel Umtiti, was born in Cameroon. As a result, many users across Twitter are now supporting France as an African team. FRANCE IS GOING TO...

  • The United States still thinks Mexico’s in the World Cup

    The United States isn't the world's foremost footballing nation -- unless you're talking about their variant using a rugby ball and "end zones". But you'd expect a country of some 325-million people to have a grasp on the World Cup thus far. After all, it's one of the planet's most watched events. But nope. According to Google Trends data, the United States actually isn't too sure who's in the World Cup. "Is Mexico still in the World Cup?" is reportedly the nation's most searched for question in the past week. Stranger still is this question: "Who won the World Cup?" We'll be able to answer...

  • DStv Now usage spikes as World Cup reaches fever pitch

    South Africans love sport, don't they? And now that the World Cup is entering its pivotal semi-final stage, more users than ever are tuning in to see a ball (and Neymar) roll around a field. DStv has noted this trend, reportedly seeing a 60% increase in weekday usage of its DStv Now mobile streaming app since the World Cup began. Notably, there are five times more people using the app this June than in June 2017. "The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game," the company adds in a...

  • KFC South Africa’s hilarious World Cup ad hits 9GAG

    Congrats KFC South Africa, you're now 9GAG famous. The website laced with memes and funny videos posted a clip of KFC South Africa's pre-World Cup advertisement, featuring a footballer "making a meal" of a tackle. And no, surprisingly, Neymar isn't starring in it. The clip was published to 9GAG's Instagram account of some 45.6-million followers early Thursday. The post has since amassed more than 3.5-million views, 60 000 likes, and more than 13000 comments. KFC South Africa must be loving the free publicity too. Its Instagram account in comparison has just 24 000 followers in total. If you haven't yet seen the ad, watch...

  • Maradona calls England penalty win ‘monumental theft’, Twitter digs the irony

    You don't slander an England penalty shootout win and not face the consequences. This is what former Argentine legend Diego Maradona discovered this week. After calling England's comeback during a thrilling spot kick battle with Colombia, Maradona didn't quite think the Three Lions deserved any praise. His annoyance concerned the awarding of Harry Kane's first-half penalty by referee Mark Geiger, after the English striker was bundled over by Carlos Sanchez. But Maradona didn't quite agree with the decision. "Today I saw a monumental robbery on the pitch... a fatal mistake for a whole country," he said, according to Reuters. "Here’s a gentleman who...

  • Japan left a ‘thank you’ note after heartbreaking Belgium defeat

    Sport is cruel, and football even more so. But even though Japan lost to Belgium last night in a thrilling 3-2 comeback for the Red Devils, the Japanese showed even more class after the match. Their dressing room was left spotless, and even more heartwarming (or heartbreaking) was the brief note left by the team. It read "thank you" in Russian. "This is the Japanese dressingroom after losing to Belgium in the 94’ minute," tweeted a FIFA official. "Thanked their fans in the stadium, cleaned up everything (bench and dressingroom) and spoke to media. Even left note with ‘thank you’ in Russian. What...

  • England asks Google if England can win the World Cup

    England -- especially England -- just can't believe how well its football team is doing at the World Cup. After smacking Panama 6-1 during last night's group G match, the Three Lions are enjoying their most fruitful spell at the Cup, at least in terms of goals, in over a decade. As a result, Google has noted an uptick in search queries for the term "Can England win the World Cup?" UK search interest in "Can England win the #WorldCup?" spiked during yesterday's game against Panama. #England pic.twitter.com/ZGzcrBUqAR — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 25, 2018 Nice to see the British are keeping the faith. Still not...

  • #Argentina falls 3-0 to Croatia, becomes the laughing stock of Twitter

    It's not everyday that Argentina gets slapped 3-0 in the World Cup group stages. Even though the South American giants faced an equally strong Croatian team, the internet just can't quite deal with the team's dismal performance last night. According to Google trends, search traffic spiked worldwide during the game, marking notable peaks for scorer of the second goal, Luca Modric, and Argentina's talisman, Lionel Messi. At one point, searches for Modric, who plays for Real Madrid, eclipsed those for Messi. trends.embed.renderExploreWidget("TIMESERIES", {"comparisonItem":,"category":0,"property":""}, {"exploreQuery":"date=now%201-d&q=%2Fm%2F02bh_v,%2Fm%2F0356gk,%2Fm%2F08p1qm,%2Fm%2F06qjgc,%2Fm%2F0f2ldb","guestPath":"https://trends.google.com:443/trends/embed/"}); Over on Twitter...

  • Twitter’s most hyped World Cup star is not Messi or Ronaldo

    Can you believe it? The first week of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is already over. The ol' onion bag has ballooned numerous times, and many a goalkeeper wish they had coated their gloves in glue. But the most searched for World Cup star is not a goalkeeper, nor does he have "Cristiano" or "Lionel" on the back of his shirt. Instead, according to Twitter Data, Brazil's Neymar has "captured the most attention" on the social network during the first week. In second place, Cristiano Ronaldo (thanks to his hattrick against Spain) and Lionel Messi (thanks to his duffed penalty against Iceland)...

  • Aussies struggle to watch World Cup after Optus’s streaming goofs

    While loadshedding has caused many South Africans to miss World Cup games this year, Australian fans aren't having it much better. Australia's World Cup coverage is reportedly so bad that the country's prime minister himself logged a complaint with the exclusive broadcaster's CEO on Monday. Judging by chatter on Twitter, telecoms firm Optus has been facing streaming issues including timeouts, long buffer times, and dead connections since the tournament began last week. And fans took to Twitter to voice their annoyance. This is the third day in a row! We are sick of the apologies and guarantees, you need to give the...

  • Hi again loadshedding: Eskom’s really unfunny meme is back in South Africa

    Four years ago, the World Cup was disrupted by loadshedding as Eskom struggled to maintain juice in its electricity grid. Last night, as the 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia, loadshedding once again reared its ugly head. The electricity utility was forced to implement loadshedding after its workers downed tools Thursday. By Thursday evening, some areas -- namely the large metropolitan areas of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg -- were forced to switch off the power to some suburbs. 🔊🔊🔊#Loadshedding Alert : Block 6 Chatsworth and Shallcross are currently without power until 20:00 tonight. Newlands, Verulam and Umhlodti will be switched...

  • Robbie Williams (and his World Cup middle finger) spikes Google Search traffic

    If you were expecting Will Smith to open the 2018 World Cup in Russia this evening, don't worry, we were too. Instead a British pop singer from the 1990s named Robbie Williams appeared like a legendary Pokemon to sing some of his hits from yesteryear. It was a tad odd, considering that "Rock DJ", one of four tracks he performed from the beginning of this millennium, is now old enough to legally order an alcoholic beverage in South Africa. His other tracks aren't any younger. To make matters even worse, he kind of flipped off most of planet Earth in a subtle-but-not-so-subtle...

  • 10 World Cup stars you have to follow on Twitter

    Brace yourselves, because the 2018 FIFA World Cup is now firmly upon us, and social media. And it's set to remain this way for the next four weeks. To celebrate, why not get to know 10 of the world's most famous ball kickers up close and personal by stalking them on Twitter? If this sounds good to you, grab a pen, find your Twitter login details, and get ready to hit that follow button. Cristiano Ronaldo Formerly of Manchester United, the Real Madrid and Portugal striker will probably be one of the tournament's top scorers come the end of the group stage. But...