As World Cup 2014 approaches, America's soccer-fans-in-training are looking for an excuse to either emotionally invest in a national squad with the odds stacked against it, or in foreign teams full of pretty-boy savants and shameless floppers. Soccer fandom is complicated, but this year's tournament is making it easier to enjoy the competition. There are grudge matches right out of the gate, must-win games for would-be worldbeaters, and home town crowds looking for an excuse to riot. Welcome to Brazil.
A 2010 Finals Rematch Is Guaranteed
Things get real on day two (June 13) when the 2010 World Cup finalists rematch in Salvador. The Dutch are looking to avenge that 1–0 loss and the Spanish are looking to get away without getting injured. Last time the two teams played, Oranje seemed more interested in kicking players than the ball, so you can expect this to get chippy early.
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