Facebook claims the World Cup is the biggest social media event ever. Figures obtained by Reuters shows 350 million users participated in a record Facebook “conversation” with 3 billion posts, comments and likes. Facebook tells Reuters:
We knew the World Cup was going to be big, but this level of engagement is remarkable. It was the highest level of conversation around a single event that we have ever measured…Facebook was the global stadium for the 2014 World Cup.
According to Facebook, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the World Cup final was the most commented match of the tournament, with 88 million users and 280 million interactions. Brazil’s star Neymar was the most talked about player, followed by Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Uruguay’s Luis Suárez. Brazil was the strongest voice on the site, with 26 percent of all World Cup interactions.
While preparing to perform at her third World Cup finals’ show in Argentina, Shakira says she:
will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup.
She met Spain defender Gerard Pique while promoting ting her 2010 World Cup anthem, “Waka Waka — Time for Africa.”
If it wasn’t for the World Cup my son Milan would not be here.
Germany wins 1-0 over Argentina, its fourth World Cup win. The game was tied 0-0 at 90 minutes, forcing the game into extra time. Mario Gotze’s strike, seven minutes from the end of extra time, ends Germany’s 24-year wait for the cup.
Post World Cup celebration get out of hand, and police arrest at least 30 people. A peaceful celebration was in progress until dozens of rowdy vandals begin to smash windows, beat journalists and attack police. Fifteen police offers and at least five other people are injured. Water cannons and tear gas are used to help disperse the crowd.
Neuer wins the Golden Glove trophy for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament. Neuer was presented with the trophy after the final game. He was beaten only four times during the tournament and kept clean sheets in the 1-0 quarter-final win over France and in the victory over Argentina in the final.
Messi wins the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball award as the tournament’s top player as voted by FIFA. Although scoreless in the knockout stages, he scored four in the group and captained Argentina to its 1-0 final loss against Germany, the furthest the team has progressed in finals competition since 1990, placing him ahead of early tournament favourites Neymar of Brazil and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rodriguez wins the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot award as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals. He scores in each of Colombia’s matches including their quarter-finals elimination and adds two assists, reaching his final goal tally in two fewer games than award runner-up Thomas Mueller of Germany, who ends the finals with five.
Messi vomits on the pitch in the first half of the 2014 World Cup final against Germany, but completes the match. The Argentina captain and striker for FC Barcelona in Spain’s Primera Liga says the incident is not unusual and that he has vomited in league and international matches, during training and at home. Team doctors are unable to determine the cause of the problem. In several matches, Messi has gone on to score after vomiting on the pitch.
Ticket prices for this weekend’s match between Argentina and Germany at Maracana Stadium in Brazil are approaching $20,000 each. Tickets being sold on Ebay are in a range of $3000-$18,000. Stub Hub sold completely out of tickets. Viagogo, and online ticket re-seller, has tickets listed from $5000 – $20,000.
German striker Miroslav Klose becomes the World Cup record goalscorer with 16 goals with his second of the 2014 finals as Germany defeat Brazil 7-1 in the first semifinal of the tournament, moving him ahead of Brazil’s Ronaldo with 15. The match marks the 23rd finals appearance for the 36-year-old striker for Lazio in the Italian Serie A league, only one fewer appearance than record-holder Lotthar Mathaus who is also German. Klose is Germany’s record goalscorer with 74 goals in 136 games and Die Mannschaft have never lost a match in which he has scored. He is the fourth player to score in four tournaments after Brazilian Pele and West Germany’s Uwe Seeler both scored at the 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 finals.
Germany hand Brazil a 7-1 thrashing in the first semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, equaling the biggest ever margin of defeat for the Samba Boys and marking their first competitive home loss in 39 years. Die Mannschaft go 5-0 up in the first 29 minutes as Thomas Muller nets from a corner, Toni Kroos grabs a double in under 3 minutes and tournament alltime record goalscorer Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira also score. Striker Andre Schurrle adds two more after coming on as a second-half substitute before Chelsea teammate Oscar scores a consolation on 89 minutes. The margin of the result equals Brazil’s previous heaviest defeat, a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920, and is the first time a team have scored seven in a World Cup semi-final and the biggest defeat in one of these games since West Germany beat Austria 6-1 in 1954.
Brazil captain Thiago Silva is suspended for the semi-final against Germany as the hosts fail to have a ban overturned after the centreback receives his second yellow card of the tournament in the 2-1 win over Colombia. After opening the scoring, he is booked for blocking Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina’s attempt to take a kick. The Brazilian football confederation wanted the second caution rescinded but FIFA said there is ‘no legal basis’ to grant the request.
Neymar is carried off the field in tears after being kneed in the back by Columbia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 86th minute of a quarterfinal game on July 4, 2014. Neymar was taken to a nearby clinic and released. Although he is not expected to need surgery, he is is unable to compete in the rest of the World Cup. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says:
He will not be in condition to play, he will need a few weeks to be fit again. He is very, very sad.
Brazil beats Columbia 2-1 to advance to the 2014 World Cup Semi-Finals. Brazil’s goals were scored by Thiago Silva and David Luiz, then James Rodriguez grabbed a late consolation penalty.
Germany beats France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter finals to advance to the Semi-finals. The only goal of the game was a header scored by Mats Hummels in the 12th minute of the first half.
At least two people are killed and at least 15 people injured when an overpass collapses in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte. A city bus and several vehicles were crushed after a part of a bridge, which was under construction, fell onto a busy highway. The overpass, which was supposed to have been completed in time for the tournament, is almost four miles from the Estadio Mineirao, where next Tuesday’s semifinal matchup between the winners of France/Germany and Brazil/Colombia will take place.
Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, speaks briefly with U.S. men’s national team goalie, Timothy Howard, thanking him for:
defending the United States of America at the World Cup.
Howard set a World Cup record for saves in Tuesday’s match against Belgium. Hagel says Howard:
could someday become the real Secretary of Defense.
A study published in Quartz shows that all of the World Cup teams that ban sex for players, such as Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico, and Chile, fail to advance past the round of 16 in the knockout stage of the tournament. Other teams, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and the Netherlands, have no ban on sex and advance at least to the quarterfinals.
Suarez offers a public apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s World Cup game against Italy on June 24. The apology comes after Suarez was banned for nine games and suspended from all soccer-related activities for four months for the incident.
The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this I deeply regret what occurred. I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores an injury-time penalty to give the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. It is awarded after Rafael Marquez brings down Arjen Robben in the area. Giovani Dos Santos gives the Mexicans the lead in the 48th minute, but Wesley Sneijder equalizes for the Dutch in the 88th minute. Says Huntelaar, who makes his first appearance at this year’s World Cup:
You don’t know when your chance will come, but it was today, and so you grab it with both hands. And it was fantastic.
Suarez’s nine-game playing ban and four-month suspension from football activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 group victory is the heaviest penalty imposed on a player in a World Cup tournament. The ban is larger than the eight-match suspension imposed on Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique in the 1994 tournament and the three-match ban imposed on France’s Zinedine Zidane for headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 final. Chile goalkeeper Roberto Rojas was banned for life after feigning injury by cutting himself with a blade concealed in his glove in a match against Brazil, but this occurred in a qualifier not the finals tournament.
Russia coach Fabio Capello says his team’s 2014 World Cup exit is due to interference from the crowd after a laser pen appears to target keeper Igor Akinfeev during the setpiece that leads to the only goal of the game, sending Algeria through to the knockout stage at the expense of the 2018 tournament hosts. Television and still pictures show a green light trained on Akinfeev’s face, and he protests strongly as Abdelmoumene Djabou’s free-kick is lofted into the area to be headed home by Islam Slimani.
He was blinded by the laser beam. There are pictures. You can see that in the footage. This not an excuse, it is a fact. There was a laser.
Capello is unsure if he is equipped to stay on as Russia coach after the 2018 tournament hosts exit the 2014 World Cup at the group stage:
We’ll have to ask the management that
However despite having won only one World Cup game, a 1-0 victory for England over Slovenia in 2010, he defends his record to an English journalist:
As for England, we did actually reach the knockout round and, by the way, let me make this clear: it was thanks to us that they introduced goalline technology [after Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ was ruled not to have crossed the line against Germany]. I qualified your team to participate in the Euros and the World Cup and the figures I got were pretty respectable. And now after 12 years [of not qualifying], under my leadership this [Russia] team made it to the World Cup, OK? I did a pretty good job there I think but if you were to say that we have not done a good job here then I agree with you.
FIFA is investigating incidents of possible fraud involving sale of a concession batch of tickets for 2014 World Cup matches intended for pensioners, students, disabled and obese people after pictures emerge of supposedly disabled fans jumping out of wheelchairs to celebrate goals. Ticket touts are caught offering the concession passes for sale on Facebook and at the grounds, with disabled concession tickets turning extra profit as they are valid for two people to allow the disabled person to bring a carer. Police are investigating whether 22 pictures on CCTV show supposedly disabled fans standing up at the 66,000-seat Sao Paulo Arena while pictures and video appear to show fans standing up and walking in other venues.
Ronaldo returns to his room at the World Cup base in Brazil and finds that a 15-year-old fan has broken into his room. The boy, Yago Leal, was able to get past security, enter Ronaldo’s room and lay on his bed. Ronaldo chose to allow the boy to escape and take a photo of him, and did not involve the police. The report states:
Once inside the room, Leal took a rest on Ronaldo’s bed because, as he said, ‘he knew he had laid on it.’.
FIFA’s top World Cup official and the international players’ union are saying that after three biting incidents, Luis Suarez needs treatment. FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, says a third incident in Suarez’s career was “unacceptable.”
I think he should find a way to stop doing it, he should go through a treatment.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that New York’s state employees are being given an extended lunch break to view the USA – Germany game on June 26, 2014. In a letter to Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann:
On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish you and the entire team the best of luck.
FIFA bans Suarez for nine international matches and from all football activity for four months after he is found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy, ruling him out of playing representing Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup knockout stage. He will also miss league, cup and European matches with club Liverpool FC. A FIFA statement:
The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming [round of 16] FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup matches, as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches. The player is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity — administrative, sports or any other — for a period of four months. A stadium ban is pronounced against Luis Suarez, who is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban
Brazil striker Neymar Jr. is reported to be under investigation by FIFA for revealing a pair of Brazilian flag boxer shorts during the group game with Cameroon. A local website reports that the Blue Man-brand underwear are being investigated for violating FIFA’s disciplinary code, which prohibits players from displaying political and religious messages as well as publicity slogans and non-sanctioned brands. Neymar has been under scrutiny for displaying underwear in league matches with FC Barcelona while Danish player Nicklas Bendtner has been fined around $125,000 for displaying underwear, higher than fines imposed for racism-related incidents in Spain, Serbia and Croatia.
FIFA bans Luis Suarez for nine international matches and suspends him from any football activity for four months as a result of the biting incident that took place in the World Cup playoff game against Italy. This is the most severe punishment that has ever been imposed at a World Cup. Additionally, Suarez is not allowed to enter any stadiums and has been fined 100,000 Swiss Francs ($111,000). Suarez has the right to appeal the decision.
FIFA opens disciplinary action against a member of the Uruguay team, who is accused of biting a member of the Italian team during the game that took place on June 24, 2014. The Mexican referee did not see the incident and did not take action against Suarez. Suarez has been suspended on two previous occasions for biting an opponent, once in Netherlands and once in England. Suarez and the the Uruguayan soccer federation have until 5:00 pm on June 25, 2014 to respond to the latest charges. Suarez commented:
These are things that happen on the pitch, we were both in the area, he thrust his shoulder into me,” Suarez said in Spanish. “These things happen on the pitch, and we don’t have to give them so much (importance).
A few hours before the Black Stars’ game against Portugal begins, The Ghana Football Federation (GFA) announces Sully Montari and Kevin Prince-Boateng are kicked off the team. According to a GFA, Muntari was expelled for his involvement with a federation executive, and Boateng was sent home by the team’s coach for insulting a coach. The GFA statement says:
The decision was taken in the wake of his (Muntari) unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr. Moses Armah, on Tuesday 24th June, 2014 during a meeting.
The decision was taken following Boateng’s vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio this week. Boateng has since showed no remorse for his actions which has resulted in the decision.
The U.S.-Portugal match attracts 18.2 million viewers on ESPN, fewer than many regular-season NFL games and the Super Bowl but more than the 15.5 million average for the 2014 NBA Finals and 14.9 million who tuned in to the 2013 World Series. The U.S. lead 2-1 at the end of 90 minutes thanks to a Jermaine Jones opener and a late Clint Dempsey strike, but Portugal equalize in stoppage time. The previous record in the U.S. for viewership of a soccer match is 17.9 million in 1999 for ABC’s broadcast of the Women’s World Cup final.
Klose becomes joint World Cup top scorer alongside Brazilian Ronaldo on 15 goals. The 36-year-old striker equalizes with his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute to earn Germany a 2-2 draw against Ghana, after Die Mannschaft take an early lead through Mario Gotze only to be pegged back by Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan.
The Alzirão street party in Rio de Janeiro will continue despite opposition from 2014 World Cup organizer FIFA and issues over sponsorship. The streetfest, which started on a street corner in 1978 with a single 20-inch television and now gathers 25,000 people for matches in a suburb near the Maracanã stadium, offers big screens and a sound system, decorations, bars and sponsors, similar to FIFA’s official Fan Fest events in each city including on Copacabana beach in Rio, but fans can bring their own beer.
FIFA initially asks for 28,000 reais ($12,500) for broadcast rights, and Alzirão is also limited to one sponsor organization, beer company Brahma. Organizers say it ‘felt like they were trying to shut us down,’ but Rio mayor Eduardo Mayor Paes steps in to keep the event running. An Alzirão organizer:
Alzirão is a tradition that has not been broken in 36 years, not even in 2002, when the matches were at dawn. And with the World Cup in Brazil this year, we were never going to break it now
The more Alzirões that arise around the city, the better. The joy of Rio’s people will not be restricted because of the World Cup
Anti-riot police in the 12 Brazilian states hosting the 2014 World Cup will wear masks inspired by Star Wars villain Darth Vader at demonstrations by the Black Bloc protest group. Designed to protect against gas attacks, the masks can withstand high temperatures and have a visor that does not fog up. They have a voice amplifier and a tube through which the officers can sip water and use an air filter that can be linked to an external oxygen tube. A commercial analyst at Welster Itage, the company importing the masks from the U.S. where they are manufactured with the cooperation of the U.S. government, says it will deliver 5,200 masks before the tournament:
The aim is to cause a psychological effect in the demonstrators or in other citizens
Police in Rio de Janeiro will wear will wear protective equipment similar to the film Robocop to conduct security for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. 200 sets of the 22-lb armor have been sent to the Major Events Police Battalion (BPGE), a branch of the military police formed in January in response to demonstrations during the 2013 Confederations Cup. The suits are flame resistant to up to 427C and include a helmet and vest that protects the back, chest and shoulders, and space for a pistol, stun gun, handcuffs, baton and gun loader. Unit commander Wagner Villares:
The plastic uniform is resistant to knocks and blows. Underneath the plastic that covers the back and the chest, there is another protective layer that absorbs and spreads the force of a blow
Rio state secretary for security Jose Mariano Beltrame:
[There is a] need to give the military police specialised, efficient and intelligent instruments for patrolling, aimed at the preservation of public order in public places where there is the presence of a crowd of people gathered together.
Google won’t show ads related to around 200 phrases trademarked by FIFA related to the 2014 World Cup and including ‘FIFA,’ ‘Copa 2014,’ ‘Brazil 2014’ and ‘Brasil 2014,’ as well as the less common ‘pagode,’ a type of samba dance, and ‘Natal 2014,’ the name of a host city which translates to ‘Christmas 2014.’ The trademarks prevent Google from showing ads related to the terms. Typing one of the phrases into Google brings up a ‘OneBox’ showing upcoming matches, a rundown of the team groups, a game bracket, and a link to FIFA.com.
FIFA will pay out $200 million to its member organizations of 2014 World Cup revenue estimated at $4.5 billion. The governing body is set to pay $250,000 in June 2014 to each of its 209 member countries and $2.5 million to the six continental bodies. National members will receive a further $500,000 in 2015 and confederation members $4.5 million more. The planned bonuses are $200,000 higher than payments made after the 2010 World Cup when each FIFA member got a total of $550,000 and the six confederations each received $5 million. FIFA had budgeted to earn $3.8 billion for the four-year commercial cycle tied to the 2014 World Cup. It expects $5 billion revenue in the cycle leading to the 2018 World Cup, $2.7 billion from broadcasting rights sales and $2.3 billion from sponsors and licensing. Expenditures are expected at $4.9 billion with $100 million to be added to reserves, currently at $1.4 billion.
2014 World Cup organizers allow six vendors to sell acarajé, a deep-fried mixture of black-eyed peas, shrimp, cashew paste and pepper sauce to be sold in the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador city following a successful campaign by a vendor association against provisions in the FIFA World Cup Law, which covers the World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup, that exclude traditional sellers and allow only licensed products from tournament sponsors to be sold within a mile of stadiums. Eight tapioca sellers are also allowed to operate inside the Arena Pernambucano stadium in Recife city and a restaurateur will offer a local version of fish and chips made with the Amazonian tambaqui river fish in the jungle city of Manaus. Association of Bahian Acarajé Sellers coordinator Rita Maria Ventura dos Santos:
It would have meant that baianas who had earned their livelihoods there for 60 years would have been forced out.
Sales of beer at 2014 World Cup stadiums are being limited to a maximum of three glasses for men and two for women to control drunkenness and violent or rowdy behavior. A 473-ml glass of beer is sold at R$10-13 depending on the brand, while alcohol-free beer costs R$6 a cup. An official from FIFA partner Ambev, which is organizing training for tournament suppliers:
We’re not interested in making a profit from the illicit consumption of alcoholic beverages. Salespeople have been told and trained to offer alternatives to those who appear drunk already, such as non-alcoholic beer, water or food
A bar manager at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo:
I think high-spirited fans like the ‘barra bravas’ from Argentina will take a bit of work and control. But drunk is drunk and we won’t allow anyone to go to excess with their drinking, whatever the nationality.
An organizing committee spokesperson:
If the seller sees people are drunk, then they cannot sell them any more beer or anything alcoholic at all. There are very strict laws on drinking in Brazil, that also applies to drink driving for example. There are police officers who carry equipment to do regular checks on alcohol in breath. It is very tough here
A labor court orders that 2014 World Cup players be given cooling breaks after 30 minutes in each 45-minute half of a soccer match when ambient temperature – which takes into account humidity, wind and actual temperature – exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). FIFA faces a fine of 200,000 Brazilian reais (about $90,000) for every match where there is no break. FIFA says that if the ambient temperature rises above 32 degrees, the match medical officer will recommend three-minute cooling breaks in each half, but that the decision to apply them rests with the referee.
England fans are attacked by hooligans believed to be Corinthians Organizado members. A firecracker is thrown at fans near the Fifa Fan Fest in the downtown district of Anhangabaú Valley, and the perpetrators attempt to escape by bus. Police arrest 15 people in connection with the attack and seize rockets, a dagger, knuckledusters and fireworks, but they are later released without giving a statement.
The Maracana is invaded for a second time ahead of the Chile-Spain match. Around 100 supporters, most of them wearing the red of the Chilean national team, breach security barriers and infiltrate an X-Ray zone where media enter the stadium. The fans run past the escalators that lead to the seats and damage the media center, smashing a glass door and knocking over two partition walls and three television sets. A fan sought gaps in security after coming to the match prepared to pay $800 for a black-market ticket and finding the cheapest available is $1,500:
I saw both goals. The crowd was fantastic. I travelled 7000 km by car. I left Santiago and came to Rio de Janeiro because of this Cup. There was no way I was going to miss the game against Spain.
Spain is the first ever World Cup holder to lose its first two group games and the fifth to exit at the group stage, after Chile defeat La Furia Roja 2-0 with goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz to send Vicente Del Bosque’s side home. Spain join Brazil in the 1966 tournament, France in 2002 and Italy in 1950 and again in 2010 as titleholders who failed to reach the knockout stage.
Goal-line technology awards the first international goal in history as France beat Honduras 3-0 in a 2014 World Cup Group E match in Porto Alegre. Karim Benzema strikes the goalframe with a volley three minutes into the second period and the ball rebounds off Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladeres, who tries to prevent it crossing the line. Referee Sandro Ricci awards an own goal after consulting the GoalControl system.
A group of about 20 fans invade the Maracana ahead of the Argentina-Bosnia game, the first World Cup match to be held at the stadium since the 1950 final between Brazil and Uruguay. Military police estimate around 2,000 Argentina fans are outside the stadium, where scalpers are selling tickets for around $670. Private security guards fail to prevent intruders entering the stadium after pushing and shoving breaks out.
Security spending by 2014 World Cup host Brazil is reported to reach almost $900 million, five times the budget of the 2010 tournament. Brazilian authorities say the biggest risks are theft and disruption due to labor unrest. Previous host nation South Africa focused on cyber threats. There is a trend of increasing security in mega-event host cities such as Sochi and London. Security measures in Brazil include around 150,000 personnel, U.S. military bomb-disposal robots, Israeli drones, a British mobile scanner that can detect a 3-D printed pistol, and Chinese-built X-Ray systems.
ITV‘s World Cup studio on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is attacked by demonstrators protesting Brazil’s hosting of the tournament. The attack occurs 10 minutes before the end of the opening Group A match between Brazil and Croatia. The protestors throw rocks, damaging large glass panels on the studio, where pundits Fabio Cannavaro, Lee Dixon and Patrick Vieira are commentating, along with ITV presenter Adrian Chiles who describes the situation:
We were all sitting up here and then suddenly sharp clattering sounds started greeting our ears. That was them pelting the glass of our studio and other studios around here. We did try to explain to them that none of this is our fault at ITV Sport.
ITV Player goes offline at least twice during the 2014 World Cup Group A opening match between Brazil and Croatia. Viewers miss a Neymar penalty that gives Brazil a 2-1 lead.
ITV says the outage is due to ‘unprecedented’ viewer numbers. Social media users react: