he World Cup is over: Spain are champions, South Africa won the respect of nearly everyone with its hosting prowess, and Paul the "psychic" octopus became a global sensation. But that's not the whole story. Here, a look at the tournament through a numerical lens:
Goals Spain scored in their seven games in South Africa, a record low for a World Cup champion
Percentage of the time defensive-minded Spain held the ball during its matches, also a record
Numbers of yellow cards issued during Spain's final brutal match with the Netherlands
People worldwide who watched the World Cup championship game, according to FIFA
Tweets posted per second at the height of World Cup activity, a new high for Twitter
Paul the "psychic" octopus' record in predicting World Cup matches. After his statistically unlikely run, the cephalopod is reportedly retiring from the prognostication racket.
Sum offered by a Spanish businessman to rent Paul for an upcoming food festival in the small village of Carballino. "Paul, should he attend, would be on the special events program and not on the menu," say reports.
Amount spent by South Africa to host the games, including building and renovating 10 stadiums. (Other estimates suggest the real figure is closer to $8-$11 billion.) "Officials believe when everything is counted the country will break even," reports the Toronto Sun.
Jobs created in South Africa by the event (though many of them were temporary construction gigs).
Percentage "Bounce" to the GDP that a country enjoys after a World Cup win, according to a 2006 study. "With unemployment hitting 42.9 percent among 16 to 24-year-olds, Spain's World Cup victory could not have come at a better time," says James Montague at CNN.
Estimated number of foreign visitors who traveled to South Africa for the World Cup, exceeding an earlier estimate by 200,000, according to the Finance Ministry
Total number of people who attended the 64 tournament matches — the third highest figure in history
Police officers on duty at the World Cup sites to ward off criminals
Days until the next World Cup kicks off in Brazil
Sources: The Times (2), New York, The Age, Hollywood Reporter, Fast Company, BBC, Los Angeles Times (2), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Sun, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Vancouver Sun (2), New Zealand Herald
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 7 ways to be the most interesting person in any room
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Who are the real gay marriage bigots?
- Colorado’s new ‘drive high, get a DUI’ commercials are actually pretty clever
- Watch The Daily Show mock Fox News' confused man-crush on Vladimir Putin
- Sorry Belle Knox, porn still oppresses women
- Why is American internet so slow?
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- Religious liberty should be a liberal value, too
- Why states should stop limiting the alcohol content in your beer
Subscribe to the Week