The World Cup not only brings surprising sporting results but also breaks records in terms of interest. That’s according to data from Flashscore, whose websites and apps were visited by more than 116 million people during November. world cup 2022 records
The world’s leading provider of instant sports coverage recorded the best month in its more than 15-year history.
“We weren’t too happy about the decision to move the date of the tournament to when the autumn football season normally peaks. For us, the league rounds of major football competitions are crucial and because of Qatar, fans missed out on several of them,” explains Patrik Dzurenda, co-CEO of Livesport, the company behind Flashscore.
However, the fears of the company, which offers its users a unique mix of news coverage during the World Cup, including statistical analysis, visualizations of match data, multimedia content, expert blogs, and live audio commentary from all matches, have not been seen.
“Five weekends in October had brought us a new record, 106 million users. But November exceeded our biggest expectations. We’ve never seen anything like this because the World Cup is always played after the end of the football season,” Dzurenda adds. “Now the combination of club football and the biggest sporting event has proved to work, bringing all types of fans to us in one month. As a result, we have seen a 22 percent year-on-year increase in traffic and we have pushed the recent record to 116 million users“.
The unprecedentedly high global interest in the Qatar tournament is confirmed by data from Google Trends. The peak search for the phrase “World Cup” during the last World Cup is at 70% of the value from this year’s tournament.
“Our global Flashscore network has a local version in more than 40 countries and November was a record-breaking month for roughly half of them. The ranking of the most-watched matches in our history has also changed a lot. Until the start of the World Cup, last year’s Champions League match between Manchester United and Young Boys Bern was in first place. Today, it’s not even in the Top 25. The new record holder is Argentina’s surprise defeat to Saudi Arabia which has been viewed by more than 14 million fans on Flashscore,” says Patrik Dzurenda. world cup 2022 records
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar records
The highest-ever attendance in the history of the World Cup since the 1994 final was seen at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar when 88,966 fans watched the Argentina v. Mexico match last Saturday, November 26.
A report published by FIFA on its Qatar 2022 portal suggested that after 13 days and 48 matches, the first edition of the tournament to be hosted in the Middle Eastern region has seen a record turnout, with an average of 96 percent occupancy, higher than the corresponding 2.17 million figure recorded during its 2018 edition in Russia.
History was also made by Stephanie Frappart, who became the first woman to officiate a FIFA World Cup match and, together with Neuza Back and Karen Díaz Medina, formed the first all-female trio to take charge.
Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player in history to score in five editions of the World Cup.