World Cup 2002 website breaks all records
The official website for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea had 79,654,871 page views on Monday, June 3, 2002, breaking all previous records. Compared to the first day (May 31, 2002) with 34 million page impressions, this corresponds to an increase of 133 percent.
During the first four days, the website was accessed a total of 165 million times. In comparison, the official “Olympic” website for the Olympic Games in Sydney received “only” 230 million hits during the 3 weeks of the Games.
Of the seven languages offered on FIFAworldcup.com, English is 52 % clear leader, ahead of Japanese with 13%, Chinese with 8% and Spanish with 7.8%. It was interesting to note that after a rather mild weekend on Monday, June 3, 2002, the number of page views in German and French skyrocketed: German leads the midfield with 7.7%, followed by France with 6.1%. The reason for this is certainly that numerous soccer fans in the office checked out the latest results on FIFAworldup.com. Korean has remained relatively stable at 4.5% since the opening.
The access numbers have exceeded even the wildest expectations and opened up a new dimension in the Internet age. Due to the extremely high number of hits on the opening day, further technical measures were immediately taken to cope with the mass of page views.
'For the first time in history, FIFA is attending the World Cup directly via the Internet the fans. The popularity of the fans is unique, the positive feedback on FIFAworldcup.com is simply unbelievable. Together with our official partner Yahoo! we will ensure that the most complete and informative offer is available for the entire duration of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, ”said Charles-Henry Contamine, who is responsible for Internet activitiesof FIFA.
FIFAworldcup.com was launched in December 2001 in cooperation with Yahoo! Gone online. Like no other website, FIFAworldcup.com offers detailed information about the FIFA World Cup and interesting content - such as the FIFA editorial, exclusive video archives, competitions, microsites, matchcasts and much more.