Brazil 2014: The Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow

The best Twitter accounts for stats, humour, opinion and more during the World Cup

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For the next month, the World Cup will be the main topic of conversation across the globe, and Twitter will function as a hub of amateur commentary, heated debates and spot-on humour.

Here to help streamline your feed, we pick the best accounts (and who to avoid) during Brazil 2014, from stats to punditry and beyond.

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For Stats: @Optajoe

Always on-hand with a seemingly endless supply of illuminating statistical insights, a crafty examination of the OptaJoe Twitter account will give you the appearance of an all-knowing football oracle. 

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For humour: @BBCSporf

Razor-sharp, quick off the mark, often laugh-out-loud funny: a beautiful piss-take of the beautiful game. Should be good value during Brazil 2014.

 

For Journalism: @PhilMcNulty

McNulty is the BBC's chief football writer, and handily tends to retweet the majority of his colleagues' good work as well as linking to his own.

 

For Punditry: @Rioferdy5 (Rio Ferdinand)

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The most high-profile and active Twitter-using pundit - and he's not afraid to speak his mind. For additional insights from Brazil, and - in all probability - an argument or two with Piers Morgan.

 

For Opinion: @MenInBlazers

Michael Davies and Roger Bennet are both knowledgeable football writers in their own right (Bennet's ESPN column is well worth a read).

Their joint account is a haven of light-hearted football chat - they're happy to engage with their followers, so feel free to get stuck in to the conversation (and perhaps enhance your own cachet as a football expert by landing a retweet).

 

For South American Insights: @Tim_Vickery

The BBC's man in South America is already highly regarded, and doubtless his profile will soar during the World Cup. Follow for expert analysis from the trenches.

 

For Germany's Insight: @Honigstein

German correspondant for the Guardian and TalkSport's German expert, Rafael Honigstein is also the author of Englischer Fussball: A German View of Our Beautiful Game, which should give him a great insight should Joachim Low's men meet Hodgson's 11.

 

For A Local's Perspective : @Fernando_Duarte

Brazilian Fernando Duarte is the European Football Correspondent for UOL and also writes for the Guardian and ESPN.com. Brazil 14 will be his third time covering a World Cup, so it'll be interesting to see Duarte's opinions on how Brazil measures up to South Africa and Germany.

Also good to follow for his entertaining non-football tweets, such as musing on whether wearing a trilby and floral shirt makes you a "gringo". 

 

For An International Perspective : @Marcotti

The English-based Italian Gabriele Marcotti speaks four languages, was raised in 5 countries including Poland and Japan and writes for a variety of outlets, including the Times, Corriere dello Sport and the Wall Street Journal.

As such, there couldn't be a better man to cast his eye over a huge international sporting event. 

 

Under no Circumstances Follow: @SeppBlatter

Even worse than you might think.

 

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