The FIFA World Cup 2014: 12 social media accounts to follow
The game is on
If one thing is certain during this year's much-hyped until now FIFA World Cup, there are few places you will find information sooner than social media and the Internet. In fact, there have already been more World Cup-related tweets this year than during the entire 2010 tournament... Which took place before Instagram was invented.
Buro 24/7 runs down the top 12 accounts to follow during this year's event:
- 1. @FIFAWorldCup – Live updates directly from Brazil provided by the Official Site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, find the handle on both Twitter and Instagram.
- 2. @brazuca – A tongue-in-cheek Twitter account from the "official world cup match ball". Brazuca – which is the actual name of the Adidas model of ball being used – tweets in both English and Portuguese with the tagline, 'Love me or lose me! Oh, and follow me. #ballin'...
- 3. @Adidas – "#AllIn since 1949", Adidas is an official sponsor of the proceedings, creator of the Brazuca ball and a brand worth keeping a social media eye on, across both Instagram and Twitter. It has also kitted out teams such as Germany, Spain and Argentina.
- 4. @Cristiano – With almost 5.5 million Instagram followers and over 26 million on Twitter, Portuguese footballing and commercially appealing megastar Cristiano Ronaldo is the most watched player on the Internet, and the pitch.
- 5. @NeymarJr – ...And Neymar Júnior, the Brazilian player who is usually based with Spanish club FC Barcelona when he's not a forward for the Brazilian national team, isn't far behind him.
- 6. @Pele – He might not quite have the hang of Instagram yet, but the greatest footballer of all time, Pele, is well up to date with his tweets. Follow his verified Twitter account to get a window into his thoughts on the World Cup.
- 7. @CBF_Futebol – The official social media handle for da Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, which is the host team of Brazil, to you and I. Includes live web chats with players on Twitter and more than a few meme-type visuals over Instagram...
- 8. @AMorry10 (or @ on Twitter) – Omar Abdulrahman Ahmed Al Raaki Al Amoodi, commonly known as 'Amoory', is an Emirati footballer you should follow, mainly sharing his thoughts on the worldwide proceedings in Arabic.
- 9. @StevenGerrard – The England captain has only been sharing via Instagram (not Twitter) since June 3 this year, and has since offered typically insightful musings such as "Training all done and feeling good, enjoyed it." But his pictures are pretty...
- 10. @GaryLineker – As an ex-England football player, now pundit, Gary Lineker is something on a national institution in his home country, and his Twitter musings on the beautiful game over the coming weeks are worth looking out for.
- 11. @SeppBlatter – As the President of FIFA, Swiss sporting authority Sepp Blatter's Twitter account will offer a different perspective on the game for fans.
- 12. @HenryWinter – and finally, one of the world's most followed football journalists, columnists and Daily Telegraph's official Football Correspondent Henry Winter shares his take on the game's media attention, and current state of competition, via his Twitter handle. Keeping true to his profession he sticks with words on Twitter, rather than the visual-led medium of Instagram.