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.
Rooting Against Germany Is Fun Again
Uber-consistent, Germany has won three World Cups, while finishing second four times. This might be the country's most memorable team since the 1970s, but they're facing Jurgen Klinsmann, their greatest player ever and the coach of the American squad. The team's path to glory might be straight and short, but it will also be emotionally complicated.
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