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.
English Heartbreak Is American Entertainment
Every four years, England fans hope for glory, but expect to be crushed, and the June 14 match against Italy should be a portent of their fate. If they lose, the hand wringing will be extravagant and hilarious. If they win, the eventual hand wringing will be even worse.
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