See you tomorrow in training, this Instagram post by Paul Pogba #Agent P, pretty much confirms the transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United over this summer. Looking back, this is absolutely a steal for United, despite the 75-million-pound price tag on the big Belgian. In modern day futbol, the use of social media is more prevalent than ever. From announcing player transfers, to live updating match fixtures, social media is almost inseparable with the beautiful game itself.
The use of Twitter is especially prominent. One prime example of this is the long-lasting feud between Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos. Both of them are Spanish internationals and are integral parts of their national team. However, they play for different clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, probably the biggest rivalry in world futbol on the club level. How the feud started is not exactly clear, but both on pitch rivalry of the two teams and off the pitch disputes sparked this feud. I don’t want to get into the political side of things, but basically, Barcelona represents the geopolitical region in Spain-the Catalonia, and Real Madrid on the other hand represents the country of Spain. Simply put it, the Catalans want to split from Spain to form their independent country, but Spanish government is having none of it. Pique, and Ramos, being on the two opposite sides of the political spectrum, are having a go at each other on twitter. The Catalan Referendum is happening right now, as of October 5th 2017, and the tension between the two are escalating on Twitter.
Live tweeting match updates is another common use of twitter in futbol. Fans, news agencies, even the clubs themselves often live tweet match updates as it’s happening. According to The Art of Live-Tweeting, this is a form of Amplifying tweet it “repeats or summarizes something,” in this case, what’s happening on the pitch, and also as a form of Supplementing tweet it “adds a link to some resource related to the topic at hand.“