So I’m not really generally a follower of soccer, but I love watching the world cup. I figure I need a team to cheer for in each group. So far I have:
Group A: I will cheer for Costa Rica, because I have Costa Rican cousins
Group B: I will cheer for England, because of our shared cultural heritage and language plus it seems like they’re a country who really needs to win, psychologically. Plus, I might as well cheer for at least one team that’s favored to win their group.
Group C: I will cheer for The Netherlands, because they (like England) seem absolutely desparate to win, and are (or so I have deduced from reading SDMB threads) a team with a chronic case of tale-of-woe
Group E: I will cheer for The USA, because I’m a jingoist
That leaves (sorted according to ESPN magazine’s predicted order of finish):
Group D (Mexico, Portugal, Iran, Angola)
Group F (Brazil, Croatia, Japan, Australia)
Group G (France, Switzerland, South Korea, Togo)
Group H (Spain, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia)
So… can anyone suggest to me why I should devote my considerable powers of rooting towards any of those teams?
In general, I like cheering for underdogs, but not million-to-one-shot doomed underdogs. Maybe I should just cheer for the team that ESPN magazine thinks will finish third in each group? But do I want to cheer for Iran? Is cheering for their team supporting their government, or somehow supporting the people and their playing of soccer despite their government frowning on it? What about Saudia Arabia? Can anyone sell me on why I should cheer for any other team?