Fútbol triumphs over football
The Seahawks swooped to victory at the Super Bowl, but Real Madrid beat them 5x in search as they were crowned Kings of Europe.
A year of sporting achievements
The greatest shows on turf
2014 began with a bang at the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks destroyed the Denver Broncos 43-8, then dominated them 2x in search. Spanish searches for 'madrid derby' spiked over 87x as Real Madrid beat fierce rivals Atlético in the Champions League Final. Cricket was searched in India 6x more than anywhere else.
Champions, campeones and cricketers
Although the World Cup and the Winter Olympics were the most searched sporting events of the year, close behind were 'super bowl,' 'champions league' and 'IPL,' the Indian Premier League.
The 48th Super Bowl was played on February 2 in New Jersey, USA, to decide the champions of the National Football League for the 2013 season. Over 120 million searches were made on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Indian Premier League is a Twenty20 cricket tournament, and was the first sporting event to be broadcast live on YouTube. India searched for 'IPL' 24x more than any other country.
The Legion of Boom
As the Seahawks' defensive line shut down the Broncos, 'defense' owned 'offense' over 14x in search. The Seahawks went on to win the Super Bowl, and fans in Seattle searched for 'seahawks parade.'
The term spiked in Spain as Real Madrid won their elusive 10th Champions League title. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo was searched 3x more than any other player during the game.
An 'RKO outta nowhere'
Daniel Bryan became the new World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XXX, but it was Randy Orton who stole the headlines. His signature move spiked in search and made him a viral phenomenon.
Rohit makes the record books
Cricketer Rohit Sharma smashed a record-breaking 264 runs against Sri Lanka in November, the highest-ever individual score in a one-day international. He spiked over 50x in search and became a hero.
Reminiscing at the Ryder Cup
In September, Europe beat the USA in this prestigious golf competition for the second time in a row. Finding the loss hard to take, USA fans went in search of fond memories of their 1999 victory.
Hamilton takes the checkered flag
The fierce rivalry of Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, on and off the track, made headlines all season. During a nail-biting race to the title, Hamilton overtook Rosberg over 3x in search.