Even at the beginning of the worldwide tournament, it was certain that there were two companies battling for the top spot. Adidas had sponsored 9 teams and Nike sponsored 10. Although Puma sponsored a total of 8 teams, none of the 8 seemed likely to win. However, even before the final game, one company was obviously the victor.
At the beginning of the tournament, both Nike and Adidas seemed to have equal chances of winning. Nike held possible winners such as Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, and France, which included stars such as Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.. Adidas held Germany, Argentina, Colombia and Spain with stars such as Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, and Thomas Muller. By the semi-finals, both companies had two teams still in the race, but it quickly went Adidas’ way.
Both of Adidas’ teams in the semi-finals, Germany and Argentina, advanced to the final, guaranteeing Adidas the winning team. Additionally, Nike’s star athlete, Neymar Jr., was injured before the semi-finals and did not participate. Adidas held the top three scorers in the tournament, two of which were playing in the final game. Germany, Adidas’ home country, ended up winning the Cup, Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award, Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove award, and James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award – all sponsored by Adidas.
These results mean that people everywhere will be buying the jerseys and gear of these teams and players, all of which are sold by Adidas. On the other hand, although Nike held some of the most popular players at the beginning of the tournament, those players will most likely earn less income for Nike than previously anticipated. As a result, Adidas forecasts a 7% or 8% increase in sales. If the numbers hold true, Adidas will earn $400 million more in soccer sales than Nike in the year to come.
Either Adidas is lucky or they have great insight into how to pick teams.
The 2014 World Cup has more social media traffic than any other sporting event in history. The upcoming final of Germany and Argentina will add even more to this new record, but we asked ourselves, which country is more excited for the final. It being such a social media success, we believed in social media lies the answer.
Argentina has more mentions than Germany across every major social media site. In total, there have been 35.4 million social mentions of Argentina on social media sites so far this World Cup, whereas Germany only has 22.7 million social mentions. Argentina has received more social mentions than Germany with each victory in every round of the World Cup. Also, the star Argentinian player, Lionel Messi, is the second most talked about player in the entire Cup, with 26 million mentions, whereas the most talked about player on Germany is Thomas Muller, with only 2.7 million mentions.
Germany’s social mentions, however, are much more positive than Argentina’s. 27% of Germany’s discussions are positive towards the team and 19% are negative. Argentina, on the other hand, has only a 22% positive rating and a 20% negative rating, which, according to the data, shows more people believe Germany has a higher chance of winning. Germany is also involved in the most talked about game of the World Cup; Germany vs. Brazil, for obvious reasons, reached 4.8 million mentions in only 90 minutes.
Argentina may lead the discussion on social media, but German fans are more verbally confident that they will win. Watch the game on Sunday to see if they’re right.
Sports fans and non-sports fans alike know about the notoriety of a Super Bowl ad. Everyone looks forward to the commercials that accompany the game, sometimes even more than the game itself. However, another event may be more deserving of the ad notoriety.
The FIFA World Cup ads have attracted more viewers on YouTube than the NFL’s Super Bowl. The clips shown in our post earlier have helped to reach 1.2 billion minutes of World Cup-related advertising viewership just in one week. This number is four times the amount people spent watching Super Bowl ads last year! Since the World Cup has begun, there have been almost 600 million World Cup-related searches on Google. These ads include companies such as McDonalds, Nike, Beats by Dre, Coca Cola, Adidas, ESPN, Pepsi, and GoPro, and they include stars such as Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar Jr., Rooney and Howard.
The statistics show more people are excited to watch futbol ads than football ads. If you haven’t seen them yet be sure to watch all the TV spots and videos on our previous post that all of us at JGA have enjoyed watching.