Brazil vs Germany sets new record for most tweets about a single sporting event with 35.6m posts on Twitter

Brazil imploded in the World Cup semi-finals, prompting social media figures never seen before as the world was left stunned at their complete humbling

Jack de Menezes
Wednesday 09 July 2014 11:40 BST

Brazil’s 7-1 demolition at the hands of Germany was the most talked about single sports game in Twitter history, with a staggering 35.6m tweets smashing the previous record as gobsmacked football fans (and non-football fans) flooded to the social media site.

45 minutes that destroyed Brazil's hopes

The previous record was held by Superbowl 48 when the Seattle Seahawks destroyed the Denver Broncos, but the 24.9m tweets about the NFL showcase game was comfortably surpassed by what is undoubtedly the worst semi-final showing in World Cup history, according to Twitter's official data figures.

The entire nation of Brazil was left in an emotional mess after four goals in six minutes saw their World Cup dreams crumble before them, and when Sami Khedira added a fifth, another record was set with an incredible peak of 580,166 tweets per minute to break the previous best of 388,985 set when Brazil knocked Chile out two weeks ago.

The below heat map shows the hotspots for tweets about the match, with Europe, India, the United States and unsurprisingly Brazil identified as the largest origins of World Cup related tweets.

Despite the calamitous performances from the likes of David Luiz, Marcelo and Fred, the player most talked about by Twitter users did not even wear yellow last night, as fans flocked to the internet to talk about the new record goalscorers in World Cup history, Miroslav Klose.

The German striker landed his 16th goal at the Fifa tournament to surpass the previous record set by Brazil’s Ronaldo just to add salt in the wound, and members of the German squad took to the social media site to express their delight at the unprecedented victory.

Lukas Podolski, Mesut Özil, André Schürrle and Per Mertesacker all posted celebratory tweets including pictures on the pitch after the final whistle and in the changing room following the crushing victory.

They will now set themselves the task of winning a first World Cup in 24 years, as their fans finally start to believe that 2014 is their year to triumph.

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