OT: Who in the World Cup do you root for now?

Submitted by Helloheisman on October 11th, 2017 at 9:44 PM
With the United States being out of the World Cup, does anyone have an alternative option at hand? Do you go based on family lineage, favorite player(s), or favorite style of play? Of course if you're a citizen or dual citizen of another country it goes without saying. This is really weird for me, as my whole life the USMNT has been in every World Cup. Me? I'm hoping my boys from the Emerald Isle can pull off an upset of epic proportions to make it through the Euro playoff. Being Irish-German, it feels to cheap to throw my hat in for Germany.


Laser Wolf

October 11th, 2017 at 10:05 PM ^

My aunt and uncle got me a VHS of the best goals from the 1994 World Cup way back in the day. The Nigerian team had A) awesome kits and B) the best goal celebrations. Ever since then Nigeria has been my #2. Go Super Eagles.

Couzen Rick's

October 11th, 2017 at 10:10 PM ^

Family is from India. India sucks at soccer, but maybe I'll pull for Holland, Germany or France since I've been through their hub airports en route to India. Also was a German minor at UM so there's that. Ultimately rooting for chaos, though. I hope a lot of weird stuff and upsets happen.


October 12th, 2017 at 1:19 AM ^

I lived in the Netherlands for a bit early in my career, love the country, big fan of Van Persie, Robben and the gang.  Was in my orange rooting for my second favorite team in the 2010 final (even though that Spain team played brilliantly for many years).  I mean, two cups ago they were in the final and they did not qualify?!?! 

Not nearly as crushing to my soul as the USMNT missing out, though.

So it's the backup to my backup: Poland.  Have Polish heritage and I like Lewandowski.

I also tend to pull for Belgium as a another Benelux country I enjoy visiting (with the best beer!).

Laser Wolf

October 12th, 2017 at 5:19 AM ^

There’s been a massive talent drain since that super generation of Van Persie, Robben, Sneijder, Huntelaar, Kuyt, Van Bronckhorst, Van der Sar, etc moved on. They’re asking a lot of Depay early on in his career and are sorely lacking in their young talent pool. Not sure what happened in terms of development but they seem to be a ways off.