Euro 2016 on Twitter: 10 Great Accounts Every Fan Should Follow
Euro 2016 is now well underway with every goal, incident and meme sending social media into a frenzy. We’re tracking all the big Euro 2016 social discussions on our Euro 2016 live dashboard but with so much social media activity every day, the question is who should we all be following to make sure we don’t miss the best bits?
To answer this, we decided to look at the impact of top tweeters by the numbers. We used our social listening platform to create a list of players, pundits and accounts that have had the biggest impact on the Twittersphere so far. Follow these 10 accounts and you’ll know your Marek Hamsik from your Hakan Çalhanoğlu in no time.
Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11)
Who: Star player for Wales and Real Madrid
Why you should follow: An inside look at one of the stars of the tournament and the most surprising team of the championships so far.
Total Followers: 8.45 million
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 8059
Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)
Who: Main presenter of the BBC’s Euro 2016 coverage
Why you should follow: Surprisingly unguarded (often funny) comments about matches and players and the occasional foray into politics.
Total Followers: 4.87 million
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 1562
BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf)
Who: Parody account for sports news
Why you should follow: A tongue in cheek look at the day’s big stories. Never miss another meme!
Total Followers: 959k
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 983
Who: The official Twitter page for stats provider Opta Sports’ football coverage
Why you should follow: All the bitesize Euro 2016 stats you could ever need to make it sound like you know what you’re talking about.
Total Followers: 771k
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 145
Henry Winter (@henrywinter)
Who: Chief Football Writer for @TimesSport
Why you should follow: One of the UK’s most experienced football writers with an eye for a big story and expert knowledge of the game.
Total Followers: 1.16 million
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 62.7
Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking)
Why you should follow: Great insight into all things football tactics, breaking down the big games as they happen.
Total Followers: 166k
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 12.5
Zlatan Facts (@ZIatanFacts)
Who: Tweeting “facts” about Sweden Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Why you should follow: For fans of Zlatan or more like the concept of Zlatan. The Chuck Norris facts of Euro 2016.
Total Followers: 262k
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 255 Follow
Who: Football blog and Twitter account
Why you should follow: A knack for finding share-worthy photos and videos, the best memes and some enticing giveaways.
Total Followers: 177k
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 145
Mesut Ozil (@MesutOzil1088)
Who - Star player for Germany and Arsenal
Why you should follow: For a behind the scenes look at the German national team (and a sneak peek at what makes the 2014 World Cup winners tick…)
Total Followers: 11.3 million
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 4839
Squawka Football (@Squawka)
Who - Football statistics website
Why you should follow: A one stop shop for all the statistics from Euro 2016 with great graphics and analysis.
Total Followers: 553k
Retweets per Euro 2016 Tweet: 105
So that’s our list but if you think there should be some more Euro 2016 Twitter stars on this list, let us know in the comments below. For more insights on how to use social listening to grow your social media fanbase and nurture a loyal following, download our latest report on Sports and Social Media.