The world cup as seen through the lens of Twitter

Posted on July 16th, 2018   

The world cup is over. It’s been a thrilling month of exciting matches, great goals and surprises. Events like the world cup get discussed and mentioned a lot on Twitter. This allows us to determine which events sparked the most discussion, as well as establish which teams got the most positive response from the Twitterverse.

Let’s start by taking a look at the top moments of the World Cup. We measure this by looking at the moments that led to the most discussion on Twitter, so many will be heavily context dependent rather than noteworthy standalone moments.┬áThe top moments as far as the Twitter community was concerned were England getting knocked out of the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick against Spain and England finally winning a match on Penalties. Other key moments are shown below.

We can also use sentiment analysis to find out which teams impressed people the most and which teams people were less pleased with.

France, Belgium and England lead the way for teams that people responded the most positively to. Croatia were 7th in comparison. The teams that people responded most negatively to were Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Argentina, Egypt, Poland and Germany. Spain and Portugal also received relatively poor responses overall.

There’s not much left to say on the World Cup, except congratulations to France! Not only did they win the world cup, but they did so in a manner that impressed the Twitterverse!