WORLD CUP: How Do Facebook Users Express Soccer And Goal, And In How Many Characters?

By David Cohen 

HowDoYouSaySoccer650The Facebook Data Science Team continued to analyze 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as the tournament’s round of 16 came to a close, examining how users in different countries refer to “soccer” and “goals,” as well as compiling a list of the 10 goals that have generated the most shared posts and comments about goals.

The five most common translations and spellings of soccer thus far during the tournament have been:

  1. Soccer
  2. Football
  3. Fútbol
  4. Futebol
  5. Futbol

For Facebook users who like to channel their inner soccer announcer and stretch out the word “goal,” as in, “goooooooooaaaaaaaaalllllllll,” the top five countries in terms of average character length have been:

  1. Venezuela (21.2 characters)
  2. Gabon (18.4)
  3. Tunisia (13.4)
  4. Mexico (12.8)
  5. Montenegro (12.8)

The five most common translations of “goal” have been:

  1. Gol (Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese)
  2. Goal (English)
  3. ประตู (Thai)
  4. Tor (German)
  5. ゴール (Japanese)

And the 10 goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil that have generated the most shared posts and comments were:

  1. June 23: Javier “Chicharito” Hernández gives Mexico a 3-0 lead over Croatia.
  2. June 12: Neymar scores his first World Cup goal, bringing Brazil even with Croatia, 1-1.
  3. June 23: Neymar scores to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Cameroon.
  4. June 12: Neymar converts a penalty kick to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Croatia.
  5. June 23: Neymar scores against Cameroon for the second time, giving Brazil a 2-1 lead.
  6. June 23: Andrés Guardado gives Mexico a 2-0 lead over Croatia.
  7. June 23: Rafa Marquez gives Mexico a 1-0 lead over Croatia.
  8. June 23: Fernandino scores Brazil’s fourth goal against Cameroon.
  9. June 23: Fred scores to give Brazil a 3-1 edge versus Cameroon.
  10. June 24: Diego Godin gives Uruguay a 1-0 lead over Italy.