Bayern Munich are Germanys social media champions

20 February 2013 12:47

Having impressed in Tuesday's Champions League victory at Arsenal, Bayern Munich, who enjoy a record 15-point lead in the Bundesliga, are also proving to be Germany's football champions of social media.

Munich dazzled in their 3-1 victory at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in the last 16, first-leg of the Champions League and their run-away lead in the German league is mirrored by their Internet popularity.

Bayern are by the far the most popular of Germany's 18 top-flight teams on Facebook with just over six million fans, nearly three times as many as nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund, the defending German league and cup double winners.

Although Borussia have the most Twitter followers of German football clubs with 158,000, compared to Bayern's 146,000, Jurgen Klopp's team have 2,164,000 Facebook fans compared to Bayern's 6,231,000.

But the Bavarians' international popularity pales compared to their European rivals with Spain's giants Barcelona claiming 40.5m Facebook fans and the English Twitter feed alone has eight million followers.

Likewise, Real Madrid have 36m Facebook fans and 6.8m followers to their Spanish Twitter feed, while England's Manchester United have 31.6m Facebook fans.

Source: AFP

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