It won’t be what Brazil’s fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history.
The social-media company says there were 35.6 million tweets sent out during Germany’s 7-1 rout of Brazil on Tuesday afternoon. That easily beat Twitter’s previous record of 24.9 million set during the Super Bowl in February, featuring the Seahawks.
The most tweets came when shots were whipping by the Brazilian goaltender. Twitter says there was a flurry of more than 580,000 tweets per minute right after Germany’s goal made it 5-0, the last of four goals to come in quick succession.
An estimated 12.4 million people watched the game on television in the United States, the Nielsen company said. That included 6.6 million who saw the game on ESPN, and 5.8 million who watched on the Spanish-language Univision network.
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• Brazil was still in mourning Wednesday, the day after its World Cup team suffered the most one-sided semifinal defeat in tournament history. “Massacre” was the banner headline in one newspaper. Two others went with “Humiliation.” Another popular sentiment was “Shame.”
But the Metro of Brasilia was the most creative. Its front page shows a darkened stadium with only the scoreboard illuminated, flashing the final result: Germany 7, Brazil 1. “We feel horrible, horrible, horrible. Demolished,” said Norma Figueiredo, 53, who works changing beds at a São Paulo hotel. “We had everything we needed to raise the Cup. But 7 to 1. Demolished.”
• The director of a World Cup hospitality company implicated in ticket scalping has surrendered his tournament credentials. The MATCH group, which owns rights to sell World Cup hospitality tickets, says Ray Whelan denies wrongdoing. MATCH acknowledges Whelan and Algerian national Lamine Fofana discussed cash sales of World Cup final tickets in telephone calls wiretapped by police.