The Sto­ries that Scored with the Online

This sum­mer kicked off with un­prece­dented lev­els of foot­ball fever, as the World Cup un­folded be­fore the eyes of view­ers and fans world­wide, con­quer­ing the In­ter­net and fields with live up­dates, siz­zling sus­pense and lots of cheer­ing. And while this was e

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GOOGLE

The Search is On: TOP FOOT­BALL QUES­TIONS ASKED BY FANS AS THE WORLD CUP NEARS ITS FI­NALE Not ev­ery­one is pro­fi­cient when it comes to foot­ball rules as much as a die-hard fan, so here are the top ques­tions about soccer rules and po­si­tions in the US ac­cord­ing to Google Trends: 1. What is off­sides in soccer? 2. Who is the best goal keeper in the world? 3. How to be­come a soccer ref­eree? 4. What is a striker in soccer?

And while most of the above ques­tions are rather ex­pected, the one about be­com­ing a ref­eree sounds the most strik­ing (looks like more peo­ple than you would think have thought of be­com­ing one!).

On the lo­cal scale, we were rather sur­prised to find that Le­banon ap­peared in 4th place among the top 5 coun­tries search­ing for the World Cup on Google. It looks like the flags we’ve been see­ing on cars have also trans­lated online! Other coun­tries in the top 5 in­cluded: 1. Nepal 2. Viet­nam 3. Mozam­bique 4. Le­banon 5. Bo­livia

And while all of these re­sults have been listed as re­trieved from Google Trends in the time of writ­ing this ar­ti­cle, you can al­ways search for the World Cup on the Google Trends plat­form for the most re­cent up­dates and charts avail­able on the tour­na­ment.

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