There has been an incredible amount of social activity during the World Cup. 12.2m tweets were fired off during the opening game alone.

Add to this all the data inherent in the game itself, from the likely winners to squad make-up, and there are some nice data visualisation opportunities.

So here's a roundup of some World Cup data visualisations.

World Cup squad make-up

This wonderful graphic from Guy Abel shows the make-up of each national squad by what domestic leagues the players play in.

world cup 2014 squad make-up

Group progression

In these excellently produced interactive tables, FiveThirtyEight shows probability of winning, drawing and losing the next match and overall probability of progression. It's slick as you like.

Click to explore.

fivethrityeight world cup production

Opta player performance

Opta is the God of football analysis and its Twitter account has been producing snazzy little cards like this one. It just goes to show that visualisation can be simple and satisfying.

The alternative World Cup

This Wall Street Journal interactive chart shows who would win the World Cup were it decided by other factors such as average height of the squad or highest murder rate. Much fun.

wsj alternative world cup 

Tweet share

Harkable, the social media agency, has created a simple but effective visualisation tool showing which nation got the most mentions on Twitter for each game.

Here's an example from the Ghana-USA match. Click the picture to check out the site.

harkable world cup visualisation 

Twitter Data

Twitter itself has obviously created some amazing visualisations for various events. You can see them all at its interactive microsite.

Twitter's hashflags are being continually counted to create the chart below, showing who would win the World Cup if mentions were as good as goals.

hashflag tournament

@TwitterData is providing some of the best visualisations, partnering with CartoDB to produce interactive maps that show tweets flaring as the game goes on. The map is zoomable, too.

You can check out one of these maps by clicking the link in the tweet below.

The same account has been using imagery to highlight the peak moments during each game, when tweets per minute were at their highest.

So, too, the most mentioned players in each game.

The account has also been featuring the most tweeted imaes from each match. Here are those from Ghana-USA.

gha usa tweeted images

Twitter Reverb

Twitter Reverb is a new tool for visualising tweets and it's getting a workout during this World Cup.

The tool shows how tweets per minute referencing certain players fluctuated throughout each match. It also cleverly incorporates some of the tweets that were engaged with the most.

reverb twitter

Probable winners

ChartBall uses Power Rank's predictions (using a poisson method) to map probability of progression for each World Cup team. The graphic is a bit hard to nterpret as you also have to follow eahc possible route for the teams, but the stats are interesting. Click to explore. 

probability of winning World Cup 

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Ben Davis

Published 19 June, 2014 by Ben Davis @ Econsultancy

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Matt Lovell, Head of Customer Data, Insight & Analytics at Eurostar International Ltd.

Some of those are really cool but you do have to question whether some people have way too much time on their hands!

about 4 years ago



Check out matchTalk as another example of a Twitter World Cup visualisation -

We pit each team against each other by selecting a list of keywords for each team and tallying up use of these keywords during the match.

about 4 years ago


Steph Gibson

'12th Man - the Sound of the World Cup'

This interactive site showcases the true sentiment of the fans, during the Brazilian World Cup. Based on a complex Twitter algorithm, the site shows top tweets, images and most popular players - you can even 'go back' to see how the tone has changed.

Accompanied by Samba sounds - you'll want to turn up the volume as you view!

about 4 years ago


Nicky Yates, Director of Communications at Buzz Radar

We at Buzz Radar actually have built a tool that helps showcase the social data for the tournament, as well. This is a media version here:

about 4 years ago



Love that top one. Shows that Premier League has the most players at the World Cup. But just one England player is playing outside the country - and that seems to be in Scotland.

Great illustration of why we've just been knocked out in the qualifying rounds.

about 4 years ago


Perry Singer

I love Twitter Share and Twitter Data, they both looks cool and very informative. We can really see thru that Statistics that World Cup did a very good job to get people focus in one event.

about 4 years ago

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