World Cup Was Even More Popular Than the Super Bowl on Facebook

PHOTO: Mario Goetze of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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The World Cup final on Sunday was even more popular on Facebook than the Super Bowl, according to data released by the social network.

During the game between Germany and Argentina, more than 88 million people generated 280 million interactions, making the match the most talked about sporting event in Facebook history.

The blockbuster sporting event -- which spanned four weeks and 64 total matches -- also drew staggering numbers. More than 350 million joined the conversation, churning out 3 billion interactions, which Facebook defines as posts, comments and likes.

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When Germany walloped Brazil in the semifinals, Facebook went crazy. The most social moment of the World Cup was when Sami Khedira scored Germany's fourth goal in seven minutes, giving them a 5-0 lead over Brazil.

PHOTO: Germanys Sami Khedira, right, celebrates after scoring his goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 8, 2014.
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PHOTO: Germany's Sami Khedira, right, celebrates after scoring his goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 8, 2014.

Brazil was playing the match without star striker Neymar, who has been called the heart and soul of the team. The 22-year-old, who was injured during a match with Colombia, was the most talked about player of the World Cup on the social network.

PHOTO: Brazils Neymar grimaces in pain during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Brazils team doctor says Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup.
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PHOTO: Brazil's Neymar grimaces in pain during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Brazil's team doctor says Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup.

Tim Howard played the match of his life when the United States took on Belgium in the round of 16, recording a spectacular 16 saves, the most-ever for an American goalie at the World Cup. Despite a loss that eliminated the Americans, Howard emerged as one of the breakout stars of the World Cup -- and was one of the players who grew their fanbase the most on Facebook, according to percentage points.

PHOTO: Tim Howard of the United States at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Tim Howard of the United States at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

No shocker here -- Brazilians were the most engaged fans, with 55 million people in the country joining the conversation on Facebook, edging out the United States.

PHOTO: Brazil soccer fans cry as they watch their team lose 7-1 to Germany at a World Cup semifinal match on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 8, 2014.
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PHOTO: Brazil soccer fans cry as they watch their team lose 7-1 to Germany at a World Cup semifinal match on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 8, 2014.

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