StatZone: 2014 World Cup Review
What a World Cup it was, eh? Brazilian optimism, German dynamism, and attempted cannibalism all on the menu, and a decent cup final to boot with the best team of the tournament emerging victorious. What’s not to love? Well, perhaps the cannibalism.
There were more goals scored in the group stages than at any previous World Cup, resulting in late nights for employees and, as a result, lower productivity for thousands of companies across Europe. And it wasn’t just the bleary-eyed time-zone affected Europeans contributing less at work because of Brazil 2014.
No. In fact, financial advice website SmartAssett has crunched some numbers, and looked at the total number of hours that would have been spent working had people not been watching the World Cup in the 32 countries involved in the tournament. Of course the calculations can’t be 100 per cent accurate, but they looked at whether games fell within a normal working day, and tried to figure out how much of each game people might be expected to watch.
From that, they estimate lost productivity because of the World Cup at $7,304,888,579 (since we’re based in England, we’ll do the maths – that’s £4,264,520,246). About $641 million of that came from England, for the record, so well done folks – that’s some top draw time wasting.
Back on the football, it’s worth pointing out that a total of 171 goals were scored during the 2014 World Cup at a rate of 2.67 per match. Is that a record? Not quite – a dead heat with France ‘98 where 171 were also scored.
It seems a bit harsh on Brazil, bearing in mind the team’s embarrassing 7-1 semi-final defeat against Germany, that the goal tally for the entire event seems to scream the numbers ONE, SEVEN, and ONE from the rooftop, but there you go. Were it not for that game, there wouldn’t have been 171 goals, so it’s their own fault really.
Given that World Cup standard footballers are usually very well remunerated by their club employers, the prize money for Brazil 2014 doesn’t get talked about much – but the figures are pretty impressive (or offensive, depending on your point of view).
The total prize money on offer for the tournament has been confirmed by FIFA as $576 million. Each of the 32 entrants get a cool $1.5 million just for showing up, although that’s designed to cover the costs of attending. It’s roughly £875,000 of Roy Hodgson’s reported £3.5 million a year salary, so that’s good to know.
“England missed out on $8 million by not qualifying for the second round, while those in the last 16 got $9 million. Quarter finalists bagged $14 million, semi finalists get around $21 million, the runners up, Argentina, got $25 million and for Germany, a handy $35 million – or about $4.5 million per game – not too shabby.
Are you watching?
Around 3,500,000 people were lucky enough to see a game at the 2014 World Cup iin person (53,500 per match), but the rest of us had to rely on television and the internet.
The tournament has famously been confirmed as the biggest social media event of all time – and by some margin. On Facebook, about 88 million people were talking about the Brazil v Germany final alone, and a total of 32.1 million tweets about the game were sent out on Twitter. That’s 618,000 tweets per minute. From start to finish, 350 million people produced 3 billion World Cup Facebook posts, comments and likes on Facebook.
In the old fashioned world of TV, the tournament reached record numbers of viewers across the world, but it was perhaps in the US where the most notable breakthroughs were made. In a country historically not as enamoured by football as the other countries represented in Rio, this world cup really caught the imagination.
According to a FIFA press releasem the USA versus Portugal game (24.7 million viewers) was most watched football match ever on US television – and ranked higher than any of NBA (National Basketball Association) Finals, and higher than the average figure for the 2013 World Series baseball. FIFA said it expects total viewing figures to surpass the 3.2 billion reach of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
What were your 2014 World Cup highlights?