The FIFA World Cup which arrives every four years brings drama, entertainment, and excitement into the homes of lovers of the sport of soccer. After nearly a month, when the tournament comes to its end, it attracts several new fans ensuring that the next time it has even more followers and viewers.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup started on June 12th, and it has become the major talking point for people all across the world. Several major networks and channels are broadcasting the World Cup matches daily. One of the reasons could be that more people are watching it on TV than ever before.
The first group matches held in Brazil managed to break several television records in places such as Brazil, Japan, Argentina, England, and the United States showing the increased interest in the sport.
Approximately 11 million people watched Ghana’s defeat at the hands of the United States on ESPN. The match between England and Italy was opened to nearly 14 million viewers on BBC and RAI in both countries. The highest sports broadcast of the year was on TV Globo, with the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia watched by 43 million people. The biggest sports broadcast of the year in Japan was the game against the Ivory Coast which attracted 34.1 million viewers.
The broadcast of the World Cup has reached fans all around the world and it has made the competition easier to view worldwide. These statistics and numbers are enough to prove the widespread popularity of soccer or football, as it is known in other nations.
Even the director of FIFA TV, Niclas Ericson, stated “We believe the overall audience figures from the 2014 FIFA World Cup will show again that the World Cup is the most popular single-sporting event on the planet and that football is the world’s number one sport.”
FIFA is getting closer and closer to accomplishing their goal of developing soccer internationally.