Italy may have triumphed on the football pitch, but a study of the competing nations' football association websites shows that the Germans came top in the digital world.
Of the 26 websites monitored for their performance and response times it was textbook German performance that saw the host country win, according to the report by website optimisation company Mercury.
The top team received 26 points, while Argentina at the bottom received just one point.
The British claimed three places in the top 10 World Cup sites, with the performance of the England FA website, the BBC World Cup web page and Sky Sports taking third, eighth and ninth place respectively.
Actual World Cup winners Italy could only manage fourth place in the online league, with the country's Gazzetta dello Sporto website averaging 1.15 seconds response time.
The Germans dominated from the very beginning with the German FA World Cup site delivering an average response time of 0.43 seconds throughout the tournament.
The full results are as follows:
1. Germany FA
2. Football France
3. England FA
4. La Gazetta dello Sporto Italia
5. French FA
6. Germany ARD World Cup Page
7. Spain Marca (Joint)
7. Portugal FA (Joint)
8. BBC World Cup Page
9. Sky Sports
10. Portugal Abola
11. Holland Voetball International Website
12. ESPN Spain
13. France Football Results page
14. Poland World Cup homepage
15. Sweden SV World Cup Page
16. Italy FA (Joint)
16. Holland FA (Joint)
17. ESPN Brazil
18. USA FA
19. Poland FA
20. Sweden FA
21. Fox Sport USA
21. Argentina FA
22. Brazil FA
23. Clarin.com Argentina
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