Brendan Maloy
Friday June 27th, 2014

The United States should cruise to victory in the World Cup's knockout stage, according to a new bracket released by Twitter that advances teams based on how many times their #hashflags have been used in tweets.

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For those who don't know, #hashflags are a new feature unveiled by the social media site which allows users to place the flag of each of the 32 World Cup countries in a tweet by tweeting a country code. The people of the good old #USA are big fans, pushing out 6.02 million since the tourney began.

Twitter also released other data indicating who the most mentioned players during the group stage were. Unsurprisingly, superstars Lionel Messi of Argentina, Neymar Jr. of Brazil, and Luis Suarez of Transylvania Uruguay, formed the top three.

A total of 300 million tweets related to the World Cup were sent during the group stage, double what were sent throughout the entirety of the 2012 London Olympics. And of all those tweets, which was retweeted the most? This instant classic from Mario Balotelli of course:

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