Top 4 Need-To-Know World Cup Trivia [Infographic]


The World Cup Trivia You Need To Know

The world cup is officially in full swing, and the entire world seems to be in a manic celebration. Flights to Brazil have skyrocketed and TV viewership increased significantly in the U.S. and around the world. But none of this should come as a surprise—of course flight prices and viewership would escalate sharply during one of the biggest sporting events in the world. On the other hand, not every fact about the world cup is as obvious. Do you know the shocking amount of avocado the U.S. team is eating on a daily basis? What about how much Brazil dropped to throw the party of the year? Find out this and other brow-raising information in our top four World Cup trivia facts you need to know.

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1. Half Of The World Is Predicted To Watch The World Cup

An estimated 3.6 billion people are predicted to watch this year’s world cup. Fanatical fans will be watching their favorite teams play on 245 different channels. According to, a U.S.-based advertising technology company:
  • 11 percent of fans will be watching from their smart phones
  • 13 percent will be watching from a connected TV
  • 22 percent will be watching from a tablet
  • 33 percent will be watching from a computer
The 2010 world cup final boasted 909.6 million viewers across the world. FIFA expects this number to increase with greater access to viewing methods in many countries.

2. The U.S. Is Taking An Interest In The World Cup

As we’ve noticed by the incessant shouting of our neighbors, U.S. World Cup viewership is on the rise. The U.S. men’s matches have been consistently breaking U.S. records for soccer viewership. The first U.S. match, U.S. versus Ghana, boasted 15.9 million viewers, while 18.22 million watched the U.S. tie with Portugal. But U.S. fans aren’t just watching on screens—they’re also flooding the stadiums in Brazil with red, white, and blue. According to FIFA, more than 200,000 World Cup tickets were purchased by U.S. residents, which makes us only second to Brazil’s ticket sales. Though Americans initially seemed disinterested by soccer, they are now much more invested in the sport.

3. Brazil Has A Lot Invested In Soccer

Though this fact shouldn’t come as a surprise, the statistics to prove it should raise eyebrows. Having participated in every World Cup and with five World Cup trophies, Brazil is the single most successful World Cup nation. But that infamy definitely comes with a price tag—quite a large one. Along with the five new stadiums Brazil has built for the event, the country also upgraded another six and completely rebuilt one of their existing stadiums, projects which cost a total of $3.6 billion. The stadium in Manaus alone costs $250,000 per month to maintain. But the stadiums are only the beginning. In total, hosting the World Cup is estimated to cost Brazil $11 billion. The huge price tag has made many Brazilian citizens outraged at their government’s spending. As a result, many of the World Cup games have been marked by protests against the excessive spending.

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4. World Cup Fans Consume A LOT

With an estimated 3.7 million people traveling around Brazil during the World Cup, a lot of texts, Facebook, and Twitter updates are going around and out of the country while a lot of food and alcohol is going in. Around the world, there are 350,000 tweets about the World Cup per day, and that number is growing as the higher stakes games get underway. In the 2010 World Cup, 198,000 gallons of beer and 390,600 hot dogs were consumed, a number that will surely grow in this year’s World Cup. But fans are not the only big consumer at the world cup. With a variety of interesting diets in tow, the World Cup soccer players are also big consumers. Each World Cup soccer player uses about 1800kcal per game, meaning that they need a lot of carbs to make up for the lost energy. The U.S. team’s nutritionist, Danielle LaFata, insists that the team eats through 25 pounds of avocados each day. Though we won’t know the outcome of the 2014 World Cup until July 13th, we can certainly say that this world cup will be one of the biggest in FIFA’s history. And we don’t even need a bona fide animal psychic’s help to make that conclusion. world cup trivia infographic

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