This year, soccer fans don’t need to travel all the way to Brazil to stay up to date with the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The advent of social media allows fans, spectators and sports journalists to connect and share content on multiple platforms. The following lists of blogs, Instagram accounts and Twitter handles provide the fans at home with the ability to follow the happenings at the World Cup in whichever way they prefer.
- Fifa World Cup — Fifa.com/WorldCup/Teams/
This official FIFA sponsored site provides listings of basic information regarding match schedules, team rosters and other elements of the tournament.
- Bleacher Report: BleacherReport.com/Fifa-World-Cup
The popular sports news website Bleacher Report has dedicated a whole page to its coverage of the World Cup, complete with score updates, player and team statistics, as well as photographs from the games.
- The Shin Guardian — TheShinGuardian.com
This site provides World Cup-related sports commentary with a combination of informal, comedic writing and serious soccer-talk.
- Soccer Lens — SoccerLens.com/Tags/Competitions/World-Cup
This international football site,, developed by Football Media, presents an international perspective on this year's World Cup. The content and design makes it particularly easy to navigate.
- Planet Futbol — Soccer.si.com/Soccer/Planet-Futbol
This blog, produced by Sports Illustrated, is dedicated to showcasing its coverage of the World Cup in Brazil.
- SB Nation — SBNation.com/World-Cup-2014
This site offers coverage by Vox Media as it reports on the 2014 FIFA World Cup both from Brazil and in the United States.
This is the personal blog of English sports photographer Mathhew Ashton, who offers an insight into the daily life of a photojournalist covering the World Cup.
- FanNation — FanNation.com/SI_Blogs/Grant_Wahl/
This is the personal site of Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl as he writes about the World Cup and documents his time in Brazil.
- Grantland — GrantLand.com/Tags/2014-World-Cup
This is the blog produced by ESPN that is solely dedicated to coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
For score updates, pictures, behind-the-scenes and up-to-date coverage, Twitter is an excellent resource. It allows anyone interested in the games to connect and share their love of soccer on an international platform.
- @BleacherReport — This popular sports news account will be tweeting score updates, analysis and commentary during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- @shinguardian — This soccer-centric account features comedic and informative informal commentary, score updates and analysis by Matthew Tomaszewicz.
- @Brazil14WC — This account features World Cup news and updates, but is not sponsored by FIFA.
- @WorldCupBlog — This account, which has been in operation since 2002, features a compilation of World Cup news, contributed by a collaboration of fan bloggers.
- @worldcupscores — A resource for score updates and live tweeting match scores.
- @GrantWahl — This is the personal account for Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl. Follow him for an inside look into the daily life of an SI writer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- @BrianStraus — The twitter account for Sports Illustrated's self-proclaimed "other soccer writer." Follow him for updates and behind-the-scenes coverage.
- @SBNation — Follow the official twitter feed for sports coverage site sbnation.com for professional coverage of the event.
- @si_soccer — This is the official twitter feed for the Sports Illustrated blog Planet Futbol, which is dedicated to covering the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- @Walk2WorldCup — Updates on the story of four English fans who walked 1,966km across South America to raise $20,000 for charity and who hope to watch England win the World Cup.
- @GettySport — This is the official account for Getty Images Sport, featuring professional quality images.
- @rheathcote — Getty Images Sports photographer Rirchard Heathcote's coverage of the tournament.
- @ElsaGarrison — Photojournalist and MU graduate Elsa Garrison's coverage of the World Cup for Getty Images.
For up-to-date photographic coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, these popular Instagram accounts feature high quality behind-the-scenes images live from Brazil.
- @bleacherreport — Official instagram account for BleacherReport.com
- @worldcup_fifa_2014 — Official instagram of FIFA'sWorld Cup partners
- @grant_wahl — Instagram feed of Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl
- @CBF_Futebol — Official instagram of Brazilian Football Confederation
- @walktotheworldcup — Instagram feed of four English fans as they walk 1,966km from Argentina to Brazil to watch the World Cup and raise $20,000 for charity.
- @fifaworldcup — Official instagram of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, sponsored by FIFA.
- @si_soccer — Official Sports Illustrated soccer coverage instagram feed.
- @elsagarrison — Instagram account of Getty Images photographer and MU graduate Elsa Garrison's coverage of the World Cup.
- @filipedana — Instagram account of Brazilian Associated Press photographer Filipe Dana.
FOLLOW THE PLAYERS
To get updates and behind-the-scenes photos from the U.S. men's national team as they travel and move throughout the tournament, follow them on Instagram.
Jozy Altidore, Instagram: @jozyaltidore
Tim Howard, Instagram: @timhow1
Fabian Johnson, Instagram: @fjohnson23
Matt Besler, Instagram: @mattbesler
Cameron Geoff, Instagram: @geoffcameron
Kyle Beckerman, Instagram: @kylebeckerman
Clint Dempsey, Instagram: @clint_dempsey
Mix Diskerud, Instagram: @mixdiskerud
Omar Gonzalez, Instagram: @ogonzal1
Brad Guzan, Instagram: @bguzan
Aron Johannsson, Instagram: @aronjo
Nick Rimando, Instagram: @nickrimando
De Andre Yedlin, Instagram: @yedlinny
FOLLOW THE NATIONAL TEAMS:
For photos and updates, follow these official Instagram accounts of some of the top national teams as they travel and move through their matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Ecuador — @fefecuador
France — @equipedefrance
Germany — @dfb_team
Holland — @onsoranje
Spain — @sefutbol
Iran — @teammeliiran
Brazil — @cbf_futebol
Croatia — @hns_cff
Australia — @socceroos
U.S. — @ussoccer
England — @england
Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.