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.
Pele Finally Has an Heir
There have been many memorable Brazilian players (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zico) since Pele retired, but until Neymar donned the yellow after the 2010 World Cup none had been as electrifying to watch as Edison Arantes do Nascimento. Neymar has great hair, remarkable ball skills, and the eyes of millions upon him. The question is whether he will disappoint his rabid fans or be crowned the next soccer messiah.
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