Users of China’s most popular microblogging service, Sina Weibo, have definitely got World Cup fever.
The world’s most widely viewed sporting event has been a hot topic on the social network throughout the tournament, despite China’s national team not having come close to qualifying, and a general lack of engagement with users: at the start of the tournament, only two national teams, England and Germany, had official Weibo accounts, according to social media marketing firm Mailman .
Offline, football fans have been driving a booming market in forged sick notes  so they can stay up and watch the games, while the grief of one’s team losing has been linked to a rash of suicides . In the charts below, we examine whether online support came close to this level of intensity.
All data via Sina Weibo, as of 11 July 2014. Charts created with Datawrapper.