Which World Cup country’s fans go the craziest on Facebook when a goal is scored?


Julian Green of the U.S. scores a goal against Belgium during extra time in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)

Although ESPN’s soccer announcers don’t go as vocally crazy as some of their broadcast counterparts when someone scores, United States-based fans are keeping up with the world’s extra-voweled excitement on social media, according to Quartz. The online publication created a chart based on Facebook data that shows which country’s users use the most letters to virtually scream “GOAL!”


As you can see, the U.S.’s neighbor to the south tops the chart by adding 6.63 extra letters to the word “goal,” while Iranian fans tend to keep things the most straightforward, barely adding any letters at all. The United States falls somewhere in-between, adding 3.32 letters to the word. But, hey, if it’s true soccer is gaining in popularity in the States, perhaps the celebration word will grow in the future, too. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

(H/t: Reddit)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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