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The football World Cup this year has generated a lot of buzz, like it always does. As fans root for their nations, people also root for their favorite players. Realizing this, the New York Times launched an online service indicating the web buzz generated by each football player in the tournament.

most popular football players

The site gathers data on football players that are mentioned on Facebook. A picture is then shown of all these players. The player’s size in the picture indicates his Facebook buzz. You can hover your mouse pointer over a player to view his buzz statistics.

most popular football players

A slider on the top lets you see the day-to-day popularity of players. Since teams get eliminated every day, the buzz figures change every day. The default view has sorted players by their country but you can use the buttons at the bottom of the picture to sort players by their last name or Facebook mentions.

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