Sport is a religion for several people across the globe. Be it Cricket like in India or Soccer across the globe. This was proved yet again on Sunday, at the occasion of the Women’s World Cup final in Germany between America and Japan, where 16 teams had participated. This match went on from 26th June to 17th July 2011.
About 300 soccer fanatics drank, sang and chanted at the British pub, only to watch the Americans lose to Japan 3-1 in a penalty shootout.
“I’m not a religious person, but this is like my church,” said Keith Laubhan, 29, of Denver, before match on Sunday. “I come here, and I’ve got community. There are elements of faith.”
The nail-biting end to Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the US and Japan witnessed an influx of tweets and set a new Twitter world record.
The coach said that it was evident how serious the girls were about the match, how hard they had practiced and how much winning the match meant to them.
Despite the game not going the way fans wanted it too, the general manager, Wendi Reed kept the spirit alive with red, silver and blue beads, large American flags throughout the bar, slogans of “U-S-A” and traditional songs.
“At the moment, we might not be playing the most attractive soccer, but we’re getting it done and that’s what counts,” said the coach.
Social Networking sites witnessed a lot of traffic. Being the most popular dumping ground for emotions, several players had updated their profiles with posts expressing their excitement and nervousness about the game, along with fans venting out their feelings.
Twitter enjoyed a record of 7,196 tweets per second in the crucial moments of the game, which finished at 2-2 in extra time, ahead of the penalties.
It also has to its credit, the Paraguay-Brazil game on Sunday, which has ranked second on the tweets per second list with 7166 tweets at the end of the game.
Other recent Twitter peaks included the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May, which reached a high of 5,106 tweets per second, and Super Bowl 2011, which gained 4,064 tweets per second.
In the quarterfinals against Brazil, the U.S. came back in the 122nd minute after Abby Wambach scored on an incredible header to tie the match at two. They went on to win in a penalty shootout and then dominated France 3-1 in the semifinals.
USA unfortunately could not make the hat trick of a record third World Cup and Japan enjoyed the champagne with the women emerging as the champions at the end of the day.