12 June 2014 | Team Tamar

SocialCup: the World Cup Edition – bloggers’ predictions…

At Tamar, we love sport and pride ourselves in our ability to spot and analyse social media trends. That is why as part of our #Go4Greatness series, we introduce SocialCup: The World Cup Edition, our very own live Twitter league table for footballers.

We asked online blogging experts for their predictions ahead of the tournament. Here are some highlights.

World Cup Twitter

Sam from footytransfer believes Belgium will do well in Brazil, and expects its young, exciting talents to shine and raise their online profiles. Given the huge popularity of Premier league players on Twitter, it would be unsurprising to see Manchester United’s Januzaj or Chelsea’s Lukaku gain a huge amount of following if they can perform at the highest level.

Scott off thefootyblog expects Brazil’s number 1 superstar Neymar to close down the gap with Twitter champion Cristiano Ronaldo. He argues Neymar has everything going for him, from the glamorous of the skillful Brazilian forward to the commercial backing of Nike Football, who have made him their top ambassador and future global star.

Should he meet popular expectations and lead Brazil to victory, his Twitter following would undoubtedly get a huge boost.

Neymar for Nike

David from inforthehatrick believes Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakitic could be a revelation in Brazil. Rakitic has already been linked with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, which regularly gets him trending on Twitter. If he can lead his side out of a tough group which includes host nation Brazil, his following could grow significantly. David also backs Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez to shine for Chile, ‘one of the most attack-minded teams in the tournament’.

Brazilian football blogger Krisitan outlines the importance of off-field antics, which could go a long way in helping players boost their Twitter profiles. Hence, he backs Italy’s Mario Balotelli to attract a lot of attention because of his ‘irreverent, funny, frequent twitter updates with lot’s of pictures’. He also suggests scandals involving drugs and prostitution could generate a lot of engagement.

Hugo from The False Nine reckons French winger Antoine Griezmann could be another Twitter winner. Griezmann has had an outstanding season at club level, and could play a central role to France’s campaign following star player Frank Ribery’s injury. With only 136k followers at the start of the tournament, he has room for improvement.

pogba selfie

According to soccerfanbase‘s experts, Premier League player of the year Luis Suarez could be the outstanding player of the tournament. With 2.74m followers before the competition kick starts, Uruguay’s number 1 asset could establish himself as one of the top Twitter football stars, should he help his team get past England and Italy in the group stages.

ScaryFootball‘s Dan thinks Portugal’s Raul Meireles could also gain a few followers during the competition. Dan suggests Meireles’ funny and controversial look, as well as his tendency to score goals in big matches could help him gain lots of new fans.

Finally, John from provenquality backs Paul Pogba to increase his following. Pogba regularly uploads pictures and videos with team mates, which are known to generate a lot more engagement than regular tweets. In addition, Pogba only has 57k followers and as a midfielder, is likely to be involved in the action at both ends of the field.

Tweet us your predictions using #Go4Greatness. Let the action begin!

Team Tamar