The FIFA World Cup is pretty much everywhere at the moment (in Europe at least). In case you missed it, here are some of the best editorial initiatives I’ve spotted so far.
- A great guide to the teams and players, exhaustive and nicely designed
- Create your own team! – clearly the best I’ve seen
+ A great overall creative direction across all formats. No wonder why The Guardian was named Sports website of the year in the UK!
The New York Times
- Live Messenger-style updates inside the Times app, inspired from their SMS project during the Olympics
- What makes a decisive goal? — a simple but powerful photo analysis
- A nice guide, well written and well designed (lacks a bit of visuals though)
- Forecasts, with some simple gamification
- Where do the players come from?, with a lot of interesting data and graphics
- A comparison tool
Wall Street Journal
- Which World Cup Country Is the Most American? — a clever interactive, from a non-playing country
- Quiz time: Which team are you?
- The best-in-class predictions, of course
- An impressive data comparison of World Cup players, from as far as 1966!
The Washington Post
- The outsider’s guide (if you’ve never understood what’s an offside position)
Le Figaro / Sport24
- Automated data-based Stories following each match, inside the Figaro / Sport24 apps (Disclaimer: I work for Le Figaro)