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Football, tennis and marveling at Loki: But you can call it soccer if you'd like.

This traffic report is adapted from the Top 25 Report, prepared with commentary by Igordebraga, Mcrsftdog, SSSB, and Kingsif

The grass was greener, the light was brighter (June 20 to 26)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (June 20 to 26, 2021)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 UEFA Euro 2020 C-Class article 3,826,236 4-adidas-euro-2020-ball-min.jpg To celebrate 60 years of the European football championship (though in the 61st anniversary due to the pandemic), the tournament was spread across 11 countries – including Romania, whose national team didn't qualify, and 3 of the 6 squads who crashed in the group stage, namely Scotland, Hungary and Russia. And now it's time for the knockout stages to have its victims.
2 John McAfee C-Class article 2,276,607 John McAfee (27342460224) (cropped).jpg Did you know the creator of McAfee VirusScan was a larger-than-life character who had many brushes with the law? And indeed, McAfee was incarcerated in a Spanish prison when he apparently hanged himself, hours after the local authorities authorized his extradition back to the United States to face tax evasion charges. The Internet is already making an "Epstein didn't kill himself" out of his death.
3 Critical race theory C-Class article 1,067,224 Opera "Fuck the racism".jpg School boards around the United States are filled with talk about "critical race theory," a specific academic field that, to some eyes, encompasses everything from The 1619 Project to white genocide. In Washoe County, Nevada, parents even proposed equipping teachers with body cams to prevent the dastardly CRT.
4 Britney Spears B-Class article 893,108 BPOM2.jpg The pop star has been under a conservatorship since a highly publicized episode in 2008. Despite being thirty-nine years old, her parents have control over her finances, and she had to politely ask in court for permission to remove an IUD. A Wednesday court hearing, wherein Spears read a statement detailing her conservatorship, has transformed the online "free Britney" movement from Marina Joyce-style conspiracy into a disability rights movement—disabled people often have to deal with conservatorship.
5 Cristiano Ronaldo B-Class article 862,066 Cristiano Ronaldo 2018 (cropped).jpg Ronaldo continues his campaign to make Portugal the second team to win consecutive titles at #18, (Spain being the first with wins in '08 and '12). On his match on June 23, he equalled the record for most international goals. His team play the number 1 ranked team (Belgium) in the next round, on June 27 (just after this report's cut-off).
6 Deaths in 2021 List-Class article 856,530 Heart of Iron - panoramio.jpg To die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die
To die by your side
Well the pleasure and the privilege is mine
7 Loki (TV series) C-Class article 771,341 LBCC 2013 - Loki (11028015023).jpg Marvel Comics' interpretation of the Norse god of mischief was portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the movies, and people loved it. And Loki now stars in his Disney+ own show, where he jumps around time and space in pursuit of a criminal screwing with history (said criminal is Loki, in female form). And Loki seems intent on matching predecessor WandaVision in leaving viewers confused (if not frustrated at finishing episodes on cliffhangers...) and inspiring massive speculation every week from fans.
8 Carl Nassib C-Class article 756,106 Carl Nassib.jpg Nassib, defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, came out as gay on June 21; he is the first active NFL player to do so.
9 F9 (film) C-Class article 736,803 MINI United 2005 Challenge 148.jpg A few weeks after its international debut, the ninth – technically tenthFast & Furious hit North American theaters. The film also marks the long-awaited (if only sarcastically) moment where the series goes to space (!).
10 Matt Hancock B-Class article 682,227 Official portrait of Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP crop 2.jpg A Secretary of State for Health and Social Care breaking social distancing rules by kissing someone? Well, everyone is allowed to err once. But not when he did so in an extramarital affair, escalating this to full-blown scandal and leading to Hancock's resignation.

Alive and kicking (June 27 to July 3)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (June 27 to July 3, 2021)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 UEFA Euro 2020 C-Class article 2,920,042 2021-06-15 Fussball, Frauen, Länderspiel, Deutschland - Chile 1DX 5050 by Stepro.jpg In the time since the last report and this one, the last-16 and quarter finals are complete, with some shocks. Firstly, Czechia beat the Netherlands. But then, the reigning world champions were knocked out by Switzerland. In the other matches, Belgium beat Portugal, Ukraine beat Sweden, England beat Germany and Spain beat Croatia (with some dramatic comebacks along the way). Of these teams, England, Denmark, Italy and Spain have made it through to the semi-finals.
2 Loki (TV series) C-Class article 949,996 SDCC 2012 - Loki (7574526472).jpg Disney+'s show about Thor's deceptive adoptive brother continues to air weekly, while also ending episodes in just the right way to make viewers spend the following 6 days wondering what happened and what will follow.
3 The Tomorrow War Start-Class article 845,059 Chris Pratt (43672959202) (cropped).jpg In another one of those movies that got screwed out of a theatrical release due to the pandemic (Prime Video picked it up), the 2022 FIFA World Cup final is interrupted by people arriving from the future to warn us that mankind will become nearly extinct by aliens and they want help, leading Chris Pratt to jump forward in time to fight alongside the grown-up version of his daughter.
4 Deaths in 2021 List-Class article 833,746 Monro, Alexander (Primus), Traite d'osteologie... Wellcome L0025764.jpg Who knew the other side of you?
Who knew that others died to prove?
Too true to say goodbye to you
Too true to say, say, say
5 UEFA European Championship B-Class article 832,438 Baku Olympic Stadium hosted final stage of European Football Championship Turkey-Wales Azerbaijani and Turkish presidents watched the game, June 2021 12.jpg The latest edition (#1) will end next Sunday. And of the four semifinalists, only England have never won before.
6 Emma Raducanu C-Class article 812,282 Emma Raducanu (49810111052).jpg Raducanu made her WTA debut at the 2021 Nottingham Open, and gained a wildcard entry into Wimbledon. Ranked 333 in the world she proceeded to beat Vitalia Diatchenko, Markéta Vondroušová and Sorana Cîrstea (ranked 137, 41 and 54 respectivly) to make it into the fourth round. With this result she is guaranteed to make it into the top 200. She's also the youngest British woman to reach Wimbledon's last 16, a good relief for the country's tennis after Johanna Konta withdrew due to COVID concerns.
7 F9 (film) C-Class article 808,866 Vin Diesel 2013.jpg Vin Diesel and co. driving fast cars for the ninth time has broken half a billion worldwide to become Hollywood's highest-grossing movie of the year. Let's see how much gas it has left, as a Russian racer arrives this week to make the race tighter.
8 Bill Cosby C-Class article 729,750 Cosby sitting (46604499964).jpg The former innovative comedian turned convicted rapist was released after his judgment was overturned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania due to violations of due process rights, as they remembered that a non-prosecution agreement had been struck between Cosby and a former District Attorney.
9 Cristiano Ronaldo B-Class article 726,449 CR7 2 11 2019.jpg Last week I reported that Ronaldo was attempting to take his team to consecutive European Championships. This week I get to report that he failed. To make matters worse he failed to score against Belgium, meaning he still has to share the record for most international goals. His next chance to get the outright record comes against Republic of Ireland (September 1), a game in which his team are the clear favourites.
10 Raj Kaushal Start-Class article 699,144 Raj Kaushal 1234.jpg Bollywood lost this director, producer and stunt director who died at 49 of a heart attack.

Red blooded women, it's too hot inside (July 4 to 10)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (July 4 to 10, 2021)

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Dilip Kumar C-Class article 2,517,717 Dilip Kumar in 1946.jpg This storied Bollywood actor and producer, spending over 50 years championing his industry, passed away on Wednesday. One of the few Bollywood stars to earn mainstream recognition outside India, but the pageviews coming from such a big country surely did the heavy lifting here.
2 Black Widow (2021 film) C-Class article 1,920,846 LBCC 2013 - Black Widow (11027849736).jpg Due to the pandemic, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had to skip 2020. And now it has returned to theaters with Natasha Romanoff fighting a personal war between the Civil and Infinity wars. Like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's a spy thriller as much as a superhero movie (but with much more fake Russian accents). In any case, it provides a fun experience while introducing Natasha's successor and should be making some money and getting some Wikipedia views during its run.
3 UEFA Euro 2020 C-Class article 1,559,343 UEFA Euro 2020 logo.svg In this week's semi-finals, Italy defeated Spain and England defeated Denmark. On Sunday, Italy will face England at Wembley Stadium; this will be the second time (since 1996) that England has hosted the UEFA Euro finals, and the first time they've actually played in said match. Remember the last European contest, which Italy won and England lost? Perhaps fortunately for England, there's no popular vote this time.
4 The Tomorrow War C-Class article 1,139,779 Chris Pratt 2018.jpg Yes, the summer blockbuster has truly returned, even if you'll be watching this one on streaming. It's... well, it exists. There's the internet's least-favorite Avenger in it. So, yeah. Movies.
5 Ashleigh Barty Good article 1,117,914 Barty WM17 (6) (35347488684).jpg Two years after her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, this Australian tennis player got her second championship by beating Karolína Plíšková at Wimbledon.
6 Loki (TV series) C-Class article 1,044,964 Time Variance Authority logo orange.png Only one episode left, and no one knows what to expect, especially when the last one had an alligator version of Loki!
7 Deaths in 2021 List-Class article 890,837 Mourning in Shanghai (1).jpg They built you a temple and locked you away
Aw, but they never told you the price that you pay
For things that you might have done
Only the Good Die Young
8 UEFA European Championship B-Class article 881,069 Uefa european championship trophy (edited).jpg Happens every 4 (well) years, the 2020 (one year late) installment (#3) ramped up this week.
9 Jovenel Moïse C-Class article 872,387 Kelly Craft poses a photo with Haitian President Moise (cropped).jpg The president of Haiti was assassinated on Wednesday. According to the Haitian government, the assassins are a group of foreign mercenaries—mostly Colombian, but joined by two Floridians. Moïse had previously been the center of a constitutional crisis, refusing to step down from the Presidency.
10 Emma Raducanu C-Class article 836,533 Raducanu WMQ18 (16) (42834286534).jpg In the quarterfinals, #5 beat compatriot Ajla Tomljanović, who had just defeated this young British player. She'd entered as a wild card, something the home country are wont to do, even though tennis isn't as nationalistic as a certain other sport, and has quickly become a national treasure since making it to the singles fourth round is the furthest a British woman has gone in the Open era (sorry, Jo). Though she had to retire ill, given Raducanu is just 18, hopefully it's the start of a victorious career.

It's Marvel's world, we're only living in it (July 11 to 17)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (July 11 to 17, 2021)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Black Widow (2021 film) C-Class article 1,640,488 LBCE 2014 - Loki and Black Widow (14135138047).jpg It's hard to be a superheroine: the CEO doesn't believe their solo movies will be profitable, said production is only greenlit as they are filming another movie where the character dies, and then one month before the premiere a global pandemic closes theaters everywhere. Yet Natasha Romanoff finally got her day in the limelight, and got good reviews and box office (even if in the latter's case, there's the alternative of shelling out $30 to watch at home), no matter if many fans objected to how the movie includes popular villain Taskmaster only to make it barely resemble the comics version.
2 Loki (TV series) C-Class article 1,367,459 Still on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everyone's favorite Asgardian villain saw his Disney+ show end in the most teasing if not downright frustrating way possible: on a cliffhanger while announcing there will be a season 2! Said season finale also introduced what will possibly be the next overarching villain of the MCU, a 31st century multiversal conqueror, even if disguised by both referring to Kang as 'He Who Remains' and making him Black instead of blue.
3 Kang the Conqueror C-Class article 1,337,907 Dragon Con 2013 - Kang the Conqueror (9697495970).jpg
4 UEFA Euro 2020 C-Class article 1,260,242 Uefa european championship trophy (edited).jpg The finals of two continent-wide association football tournaments were played this week. In Europe, Italy beat England, foiling the latter's dreams of it coming home. To make matters worse, the loss was due to a penalty shootout—the same reason England had lost the semi-finals in 1996. In South America, Argentina beat their longtime rivals in Brazil.
5 Copa América B-Class article 1,211,256 Copa america trofeo.jpg
6 Richard Branson B-Class article 1,142,708 British Polo Day Morocco (13984569183).jpg If you work a shitty job with no benefits on a planet that is both on fire and underwater, you might stop and ask yourself: what is this all for? The answer: funding a billionaire space race. Jeff Bezos was set to personally enter space on July 20, but as soon as this was announced, Branson decided that he wanted to be in space before Bezos. The Virgin Galactic Unity 22 launched on July 11, went to the lowest point that could implausibly be called "space," and landed forty minutes later.
7 Novak Djokovic B-Class article 1,047,457 Novak Djoković Trophy Wimbledon 2019-croped and edited.jpg The record of Grand Slam titles held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was tied by this Serbian once he won Wimbledon. Maybe later this month Djokovic can do what he couldn't five years ago, show all his prowess at the Olympic Games instead of crashing and burning?
8 UEFA European Championship B-Class article 1,046,210 RR5109-0022R 100-летие Российского футбола.gif The quadrennial (aside from #4, which had to wait an extra year) European football tournament of nations. Ten teams have won, including the now defunct Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. Italy got its second instead of allowing England to become the eleventh.
9 Lionel Messi Good article 917,978 Messi after scoring against Nigeria.jpg Argentina's second best footballer ever finally won something with the national team, namely #5 – and Brazil didn't care about losing to him! (in normal conditions, losing to your arch-enemy at home is a national tragedy; but when the government shows very skewed priorities, making little of a pandemic that took half a million lives while jumping in at the opportunity of hosting a football championship, the populace can do the unthinkable and turn their backs on the team)
10 Space Jam: A New Legacy C-Class article 877,696 C2E2 2014 - Lola Bunny (14272220165).jpg The 2021 NBA Finals are on the way, and yet people were more interested in fictional basketball, as LeBron James copies his idol Michael Jordan and stars in a movie alongside Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes. And instead of being an informal Nike ad, A New Legacy is a literal HBO Max promo showcasing all the properties owned by Warner Bros., including family-unfriendly fare such as Game of Thrones and Mad Max – and to think Pepé Le Pew was cut for being problematic, but a gang of rapists and a nymphomaniac nun get courtside seats!


  • These lists exclude the Wikipedia main page, non-article pages (such as redlinks), and anomalous entries (such as DDoS attacks or likely automated views). Since mobile view data became available to the Report in October 2014, we exclude articles that have almost no mobile views (5–6% or less) or almost all mobile views (94–95% or more) because they are very likely to be automated views based on our experience and research of the issue. Please feel free to discuss any removal on the Top 25 Report talk page if you wish.