Brazil’s 2014 World Cup has been exciting, heartbreaking, and above all else revolutionary. With the semis starting Tuesday, it’s a good time to look back on the tournament that has created record-breaking statistics, not only on the pitch but on TV and social media as well. Don’t forget to come down with an illness so you can catch Brazil vs. Germany Tuesday at 4 P.M. EST and the Netherlands v. Argentina Wednesday at 4 P.M. on WatchESPN.com.
4.19 million: Average American viewership through the first 60 matches, up from 2,853,000 viewers in 2010 and 1,849,000 in 2006.
18.2 million: Americans who watched USMNT’s 2-2 draw against Portugal, topping the closeout games of the last World Series (18 million), NBA Finals (18 million), and Stanley Cup playoffs (6 million).
6.5 million: Viewers who also caught the game on Univision. Or, to put that in perspective, the 24.7 million people who watched last Sunday’s game is more than three times the number that watched the Game of Thrones season finale.
136: Group stage goals, the most in World Cup history, and six more than when Korea and Japan co-hosted in 2002.
24: Goals scored by substitute players, the most in World Cup history, as well.
6: Goals by James Rodriguez, who scored in each of his five matches. At 22, he’s the youngest player to score six goals in a World Cup since Pele in 1958.
32: Seconds it took Clint Dempsey to score the first American goal of World Cup 2014 against Ghana, the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history.
10.89: Seconds it took Turkey’s Hakan Sukur to score the fastest back in 2002.
$119,000: Fine levied on Uruguay’s Luis Suarez after he bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
$2,700: Amount won by a Norwegian man who bet that Suarez would bite someone.
174: Yellow cards pulled during World Cup 2014 so far.
12: Yellow cards for Costa Rica, the most of any team.
11: Minutes between yellow cards for Greek midfielder Kostas Katsouranis, who was ousted well before halftime in his team’s matchup with Japan.
8.5 million: Estimated gallons of water literally flushed away in Germany during halftime of the nation’s game against Ghana.
378,085: Tweets sent per minute sent during Marcello’s own goal in Brazil’s opening game against Croatia, still the most Tweeted about goal of the tournament.
300 Million: World Cup related tweets that have been sent so far.
6.02 million: Tweets that used the hashflag #USA. The most by any nation.
1 Billion: Number of Facebook interactions about World Cup 2014.
10: World Cups won between three of the remaining nations: Brazil (5), Germany (3), Argentina (2) – or just more than half of the 19 previously contested tournaments.
23.61: Miles run on the field by USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley, who covered more distance than any other player in the tournament through the Round of 16.
1: Errant pass that almost got Michael Bradley placed on America’s permanent shit list.
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