The 12th Man

Find out who has got the online world talking at any given time during the World Cup.

Using data from real-time social interaction we’ve filled our Virtual Stadium with visualisations, key stats and facts about the players and matches that are creating the biggest buzz.

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Top Three Teams

  • 1 Argentina 834 T.P.S
  • 2 Germany 834 T.P.S
  • 3 Brazil 358 T.P.S

Top 3 World Cup Tweets

  • @edsheeran

    I dunno who to root for in the World Cup final. Just gonna eat wings and shout at the tv now and then and hope for the best

  • @ddlovato

    Congrats to all the teams!! What an exciting World Cup!!! 🏆⚽️🏆⚽️🏆

  • @Pontifex

    The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together. May sport always promote the culture of encounter.

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Most Popular Countries

  • 1. Argentina - 834 T.P.S
  • 2. Germany - 834 T.P.S
  • 3. Brazil - 358 T.P.S
  • 4. Russia - 126 T.P.S
  • 5. Colombia - 82 T.P.S
  • 6. United States - 62 T.P.S
  • 7. England - 29 T.P.S
  • 8. Spain - 28 T.P.S
  • 9. France - 27 T.P.S
  • 10. Portugal - 22 T.P.S
  • 11. Nigeria - 18 T.P.S
  • 12. Ghana - 16 T.P.S
  • 13. Mexico - 12 T.P.S
  • 14. Italy - 10 T.P.S
  • 15. Algeria - 7 T.P.S
  • 16. Japan - 6 T.P.S
  • 17. Costa Rica - 5 T.P.S
  • 18. Netherlands - 5 T.P.S
  • 19. Belgium - 4 T.P.S
  • 20. Iran - 3 T.P.S
  • 21. Bosnia and Herzegovina - 3 T.P.S
  • 22. Chile - 3 T.P.S
  • 23. South Korea - 3 T.P.S
  • 24. Australia - 3 T.P.S
  • 25. Greece - 3 T.P.S
  • 26. Honduras - 3 T.P.S
  • 27. Uruguay - 3 T.P.S
  • 28. Croatia - 2 T.P.S
  • 29. Cameroon - 2 T.P.S
  • 30. Ecuador - 2 T.P.S
  • 31. Switzerland - 2 T.P.S
  • 32. Ivory Coast - 1 T.P.S


With one of their best-ever squads - and still sore from their quarter-final exit at the hands of the Netherlands in 2010 - Brazil are undoubtedly the favourites to win the World Cup to extend their record to six trophies.


Having sealed 3rd place in their first ever World Cup, progress for the Croatian national side has been in steady decline – failing to qualify in 2010 left the Croatians determined to prove that they are not to be underestimated.


Mexico’s two best World Cups to date happened when they hosted the tournament; they’ve qualified for the last five straight and, with the help of Hernández and centurion Márquez should hopefully press on further.


The four-time African Cup of Nations winners will no doubt be boosted by the presence of Alex Song and Samuel Eto'o – both high-fliers for their club sides on both the domestic and European stage. Cameroon could well be on for some group stage shocks.


The reigning World and European Champions are looking to win an unprecedented four consecutive international tournaments. With 35 consecutive wins during the late 2000s, Spain equalled Brazil’s international record, and can’t be counted out of breaking it next time.


The first match in Group B will be a replay of the 2010 Final - a hot-headed affair! Will this time be any different? And will the team who holds the record for most lost finals be a deciding factor?


Chile were hugely impressive on their friendly tour of Europe last autumn, which gives their bid to win a World Cup on their own continent some real credibility. Their high-tempo style of football will add even more entertainment to this summer’s tournament.


The 2006 World Cup was by far the most successful one in Australian football history, with a dramatic qualification via penalty shoot-out followed up impressive showings against the likes of Brazil and Italy. Will the Socceroos’ ‘golden generation’ under Guus Hiddink be matched?


Los Cafeteros struggled to qualify for their first World Cup since 1998 – a big surprise considering their excellent FIFA Ranking. High scorer Radamel Falcao is expected to miss out; a severe blow to their hopes of qualifying from an otherwise competitive group.


Despite never progressing from a World Cup group stage, Greece left their mark on world football by emerging victorious as rank outsiders at Euro 2004, defeating hosts Portugal twice along the way – with many heart-stopping moments in their pulsating final.

Ivory Coast

Despite some thrilling performances, The Elephants’ opening goalless draw against Portugal and 3-0 win against North Korea was sadly not enough to get them through last time around. Will it be third time lucky for qualification from the group stages?


Though many Japanese players currently ply their trade in Europe, it’s their domestic midfielder Yasuhito Endō who adds that touch of talismanic skill against teams – he scored a free-kick against Denmark that put Japan through to the second round in 2010.


Luis Suarez’ hugely successful time at Liverpool has shown what his teammates are capable of in the World Cup. The hosts and winners of the very first World Cup in 1930 look strong thanks to their quick attacking play and staunch defence.

Costa Rica

With only two defeats during qualifying, Costa Rica progressed handily to the finals but will definitely miss Everton defender Bryan Oviedo, who suffered a broken leg in January. Whatever happens, Costa Rica are keen to make an impression at only their fourth World Cup.


The priority for England in 2014 is getting the young players more ingratiated into the set-up. The weight of responsibility that has rested on the team since their sole victory in 1966 is finally somewhat lifted – in this difficult group that’s a blessing!


Reliance on experience over youth in recent years doesn’t stem the memories of Italy’s 2006 World Cup win, which will give the aging legs of the likes of Pirlo and goalkeeper-captain Buffon a little more skip in their stride.


Having only played at three European Championships, Switzerland have historically missed out on the chance to really make a name in world football. Their record for the most World Cup finals minutes without conceding a goal is what makes them a threat.


An undefeated streak at home during their qualifying campaign is what gave Ecuador an automatic spot over Uruguay. Their main threat is Manchester United’s Valencia, who was instrumental in helping the Ecuadorians qualify for their fourth World Cup finals.


Following some turbulent years for the national side, Didier Deschamps got the French through a tricky qualifying play-off against Ukraine to get them to Brazil but more of the spirit of 1998 will be required if they’re to make an impact.


With Group E looking somewhat balanced, this could be the surprise package of the group stage – third time lucky for a plucky Honduras side with two Premier League players. Will Stoke City’s Palacios and Figueroa of Hull make the difference?


The two-time World Champions are captained by arguably the world’s greatest player – but can Lionel Messi help improve on their last-eight position of 2010? The Group F favourites can still expect some tough competition as the tournament progresses.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina have finally qualified for their first major tournament since Yugoslavia split in the 1990s. Expect impressive things from their key players – including Man City’s Edin Džeko who scored ten goals in qualifying to finish second in Europe’s top-scorer list.


Team captain Javad Nekounam, nicknamed Neku, will be playing in his second tournament and will be a major influence on the style and play of the side as they try to seal their best ever result in a major tournament.


Last year’s Africa Cup of Nations winners have not yet been able to find real success at a recent World Cup. Twice group winners in the USA and France, Nigeria are among the same five African teams which also qualified in 2010.


Three-time World Cup winners and ranked second in the world, Germany are facing heavy expectations. Their mix of technical prowess and spirited attacking play has won the hearts of many neutrals. Anything less than the last four would be a huge disappointment.


Undoubtedly the best team in the world never to have won the World Cup, Portugal’s history of near-misses and heartbreak makes them determined to make their mark. Expect great performances from captain Cristiano Ronaldo and his exceedingly talented team-mates.


Despite their rising status, this will only be Ghana’s third ever World Cup and another chance to impress. Ghana were denied from a 2010 semi-final only by the hand of Luis Suarez and hope to avoid a similar fate in 2014.

United States

Improving on a third-place finish at the very first World Cup is always going to be tough, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann has the big-match experience that comes with winning a World Cup to know how best to utilise his talented squad.


Not since their 1980s heyday when they were losing finalists in the European Championship and fourth in Mexico 1986 has a squad possessed such firepower and defensive quality, but the Belgian talent in the Premier League shows some real promise for Brazil.


Both of Algeria’s 2010 World Cup defeats came with ten men in one game and a late, late goal in the other. The side took top spot in 2014 qualifying by seven clear points, giving their World Cup morale a significant boost.


The 2018 hosts are out to shock the footballing world in Brazil; expect a good showing from the side which topped Portugal in qualifying. Dynamo Moscow’s Zhirkov was named in the UEFA 2008 Team of the Tournament as they made the semi-finals.

South Korea

South Korea’s semi-final appearance in front of their own fans during the 2002 World Cup gave the Asian continent its biggest success in football to date, and the team’s big-time players will doubtless be hoping to repeat that performance in Group H.