The World Cup might be a serious business on the pitch, but on Twitter it’s hard to stay stony-faced in the presence of the funniest fixture hashtags.
For each game Twitter abbreviates team names to create a short and shareable game hashtag such as #ENGBEL for England’s Group G game against Belgium.
Such abbreviations however often appear to produce new words, or words that sound like others… take these Pokemon fixtures from Belgium v Tunisia and South Korea v Mexico for example.
Germany v Mexico meanwhile sounded clean. Very clean.
Uruguay v Russia brought Scooby Doo to mind for some.
Australia’s defeat to Peru made it all too easy to work the hashtag into post-match criticism.
Maybe this is where Ikea gets all its ideas…
South Korea v Germany brought to mind a variation on the Corgi.
Poland v Colombia had a medicinal quality.
Meanwhile over at Portugal v Morocco… top you up, sir?
Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal wasn’t the most free-flowing game of all time…
And Peru v Denmark gave offended people the perfect football pun to work with.
With just 16 games left there won’t be as many opportunities to add to this important body of work.