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Twitter will be flooded with news and opinions during the 2014 World Cup. Here's a list of people who can help guide you through the mayhem.
15) The Official FIFA World Cup Account (@FIFAWorldCup)
It surely won’t be the most opinionated account, but if you’re trying to find information about match start times, results, and the latest legitimate news, this one should do. The account posts interactive links and pictures that represent all 32 participating countries, so for neutral, casual observers of the tournament, you’ve found your fix.
14) Landon Donovan (@landondonovan)
After recently being snubbed by the U.S. Soccer Team, Donovan’s worth a follow. His tweets mainly consist of polite fan interactions, but hey, he might just supply some ultra-witty comments if the U.S. faces an early exit. He doesn’t tweet too often but unless his public relations team has a lock on his account, it’s more than likely that he’ll chime in at some point during this tournament.
The team is at dinner and just told me about snapchat...we're having a contest and best picture wins a signed jersey! Name=EntertainMe2014— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 20, 2014
13) Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina)
A sportswriter for BBC World Service, Oluwashina is your go-to expert for all things Africa during this World Cup. Even if you’re cheering for the United States this year, you can gain valuable insight into Ghana’s team with this follow.
Nigeria have not won any of their last 5 games. Lost 1-2 to USA, drew 0-0 v Greece & Mexico, drew 2-2 v Scotland & Italy. #OSMI_fifaworldcup— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) June 10, 2014
12) Futbol Pictures (@FutbolPictures)
When the 2014 World Cup begins, there will be more active matches than you can humanly watch at once. This page will have the best high definition photos for every player, team, and match that leaves its mark on the tournament.
Sergio Ramos' new tattoo of the Champions league trophy. pic.twitter.com/OiEYeNFzhR— Futbol Pictures (@FutbolPictures) June 10, 2014
11) Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh)
Iain has one of the funniest soccer Twitter accounts in the world. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. I’m sure he’ll be able to twist the World Cup outcomes into amusing one-liners to relieve you of your sadness if your team’s on the brink of elimination. Well, maybe not. But he can try.
Look at Admiral Akbar when the Super Star Destroyer goes down. He doesn’t even celebrate. Pure Class. Learn from him, Cristiano Ronaldo.— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) June 7, 2014
10) Roger Bennett (@rogbennett)
Bennett contributes to both ESPN and Grantland, so you know he’s got a steady grip on the sports world. When he’s not at work, Bennett personally tweets a blend of insider scoops with a realistic outlook on American soccer. When the 2014 World Cup starts, you can bet Bennett will be dishing out lots of juicy information about the U.S. squad.
Just spoke to @google. In US, searches for World Cup outnumber those for NBA finals. More searches relate to Mexico than US Team— roger bennett (@rogbennett) June 10, 2014
9) Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)
Lineker is considered the lead man for BBC’s soccer coverage. It doesn’t get much more elite than that. He tweets carefully, with class, and has no problem responding to fans and admitting when he’s wrong. He is a go-to source of everything you want to know about the World Cup. Heck, you’re probably missing one of his golden tweets as you read this.
Neymar injured in training. Not him! Please let it be nothing serious!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 9, 2014
8) Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils)
Wilson is an author and a soccer writer. He has an extremely vast wealth of knowledge about the sport and routinely showcases his mastery in his tweets. Wilson’s also pretty funny and creative. Safe to say he’s a good follow.
Noel Valladares, the Honduras keeper, is nicknamed 'the Secret' because he keeps himself to himself so much.— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) June 7, 2014
7) Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl)
Wahl works for Sports Illustrated and will be one of the leading American journalists covering this year's World Cup. Interestingly, Wahl once ran for FIFA president, according to his Twitter bio. Even if that statement turns out to be a dubious one, Wahl's superb coverage of the U.S. Team is enough to forgive him.
Always laugh when Klinsmann says "beautiful Manaus." Going out of his way to be the anti-Hodgson.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 11, 2014
6) Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN)
Janusz is an ESPN commentator and a writer for Bleacher Report. He’s well versed in the field of soccer reporting and his tweets will mainly be directed towards an American crowd. As a guest at many of the World Cup’s matches, Michallik will post quickly and intelligently from the sidelines.
Greece was interesting last night at times. Now to DC to commentate Spain vs El Salvador. Will be good to see them up close.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) June 7, 2014
5) Optajoe (@optajoe)
Optajoe is one of the best statistics provider in the Twitter-verse. No matter what team you’re following this World Cup you’ll be amazed by the numbers that this account digs up day after day.
8 - Greece kept more clean sheets than any other European team in World Cup qualifying (eight). Spartan.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 10, 2014
4) The U.S. Men National Team’s Official Account (@ussoccer)
For a fan of American soccer, it doesn’t get much better than this. Tweets will likely be biased and appropriately filtered during the tournament, but if you’re seeking exclusive interviews, photos, and videos for the USMNT, look no further.
3) Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking)
Cox has been releasing his own previews over the past few weeks for each of the 32 World Cup squads. It’s safe to say he knows a bit about soccer. Having said that, he provides a tactician’s viewpoint and he’s not afraid to go against the grain with his opinions. When the World Cup kicks off, Cox will be an informative and interesting follow with an eye on each and every match.
I'm not convinced Honduras are any good. But final group game, v Switzerland, in Manaus, at 5pm local time? Huge advantage.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) June 10, 2014
2) Squawka Football (@Squawka)
Squawka is a certified statistical expert and will be following the World Cup very closely. There’s a slight bias towards England here, but Squawka’s tweets will probably be impartial and reasonable during World Cup play. There’s also a Squawka app if you’d like to learn more without being distracted by others’ tweets.
England have 4 players under the age of 21 in their squad, more than any side at the WC. Germany and Holland have 2. pic.twitter.com/SfKwALRzkR— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 10, 2014
1) FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo)
If you like soccer and don’t already follow FourFourTwo, stop what you’re doing and fix that. This Twitter page doesn’t miss a beat, and with the click of a button on your phone or computer, neither will you from now on. FourFourTwo has group guides, interviews, and “talentspotter” features where a national team’s young studs are analyzed. My favorite offering from FourFourTwo is the World Cup Breakfast. If you sign up, you’ll get a daily email from these guys that contains everything you need to know for that day’s action. You’re welcome in advance.
Now go follow these awesome pages and enjoy! But please, try to look more at the matches themselves than your Twitter feed during the 2014 World Cup. Words can paint a pretty picture, but Cristiano Ronaldo dissecting a defense is even more beautiful.