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.
The Greatest Team in History Is Playing
The current generation of Spanish players is one of the greatest in soccer history. They've won the past two European championships and are the defending World Cup champs. Yes, they're aging, and they don't score many goals, but when you hold the ball as much as Spain does, you don't need to. Bet against La Furia Roja at your peril.
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