In the hours leading up to the European Championship group game between Germany and Portugal, German fans are having a lively discussion about the their national football team on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The absolute king of social media is: Lukas Podolski. Such is the result of a social media investigation done by Web-Analyzer.com.
The investigation included more than 150,000 tweets, posts, and comments that German-speaking users have posted over the last three weeks in Facebook, Twitter, forums and blogs.
While the players of the national football team must defer to the “Twitter Etiquette” rules of coach Joachim Loew, the fans analyse and speculate on the net without hesitation. E Many of the social web comments are concerned with the major player trades, both those trades that have already been completed as well as the trades that are only rumors at this point. Nearly 2,300 of the almost 15,000 posts about “Prince Poldi” are concerned with his move to Arsenal London. Even the return of youngster Marco Reus to his hometown of Dortmund started discussions among the football community on the web. One quarter of his 6,000 articles dealwith his move from one Borussia to the other.
The rumor mill 2.0 is currently busy speculating about a change of the Schalke player Benedikt Höwedes to Bayern Munich. About half of the more than 1,200 posts discuss if he is going to follow his former teammate Manuel Neuer to the Isar. The German goalkeeper will have to be satisfied with his runner-up finish, netting nearly 12,000 social media contributions ¨C right behind Podolski, but ahead of Mario Gomez (almost 10,000 posts), just as in the Cup, DFB Cup and Champions League.
Top Five: These national players are the most discussed on the German social web: