Germany’s blowout of Brazil at World Cup breaks Twitter records

BY Joshua Barajas  July 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM EST

Soccer fans and gawkers alike (including deities) collectively flocked to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to Germany’s 7-1 dismantling of Brazil in the semifinal match of the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. And, according to FIFA, the flurry of emotions that people poured into their tweets broke two Twitter records.

Soccer’s governing body claims that Tuesday’s Germany-Brazil game was the most tweeted sports event ever with 35.6 million tweets posted about the 93-minute the game. FIFA said this top Twitter moment surpasses the record 24.9 million tweets posted for Super Bowl XLVIII when the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in February.

FIFA said that Tuesday’s game also broke the tweets-per-minute record when midfielder Sami Khedira scored Germany’s fifth goal 29 minutes into the game. Twitter said 580,166 tweets were recorded in that single minute.

Brazil fans started to leave the stadium before halftime while the Internet spent the rest of the game facepalming and wanting to hug Brazil’s saddest fan.