Earlier this morning, Germany won the World Cup, beating Argentina via Mario Gotze’s goal scored in the 23rd minute of extra time. Many claimed it was a goal worthy of winning football’s greatest prize, crafted by a young man destined for greatness. For Gotze, this could only have been written in the stars.
Or was it? A Twitter account claims to have mentioned the exact sequence of events that unfolded at the Maracana stadium early this morning, where the account tweeted that Germany would not only win the World Cup, but also have a goal scored in the second half of extra time, and that Gotze would score it – close to a full 12 hours before the match started. Whoaa…
The Twitter account, @FifNdhs, tweeted the sequence of events long before the match started, eerily predicting not just the final score, but also an estimate of when attacking midfielder Gotze would score the winner. According to this Twitter account, the final match has been rigged by a corrupt FIFA (the world football governing body).
As the world woke up to the historic event in Brazil, many more woke up finding this strange set of tweets going viral on the social platform. At the time of writing, each of the tweets have been retweeted a minimum of 50 thousand times; the tweet mentioning that “Gotze would score” managed a huge 74 thousand retweets. Could it be that the match really was rigged?
As it turns out, no. Australian news portal news.com.au pointed out that the @FifNdhs Twitter account actually tweeted close to every single possible outcome of this morning’s match, and then deleted the ones that did not come true. Some of the deleted tweets include “Argentina will win in penalties”, “Kroos will score”, and even “Palacio would score”.
— Suresh Nakhua (@sureshnakhua) July 13, 2014
Unfortunately, this debunking of the fake tweets only managed over a thousand retweets, far less than the traction these “conspiracy” tweets received. But hey, everybody loves a conspiracy theory every now and then, right? At least this one failed to take off, and take away the glory and fame bequeathed to Germany’s victorious team and its new golden boy.
Thanks for the tip, Eddy!