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No USA team in the 2018 World Cup leaves a majority of us scrambling to decide if we should even care to watch this year, and if so, who do we cheer for?
I originally thought I wasn't going to pay much attention this time around when I saw the USA fall short a while back. Then I started looking out of curiosity who's favored, who are the underdogs, etc. Now I'm back into caring. :)
Iceland. You want an underdog to root for? This is easily my pick. They are the smallest country ever to be in the World Cup. I also think they can make some actual waves; I really don't think they will be a one and done team. They qualified ahead of Ukraine and Croatia last year.
France. They have only won once, in 1998. But have been in contention for a while now. Made the quarter-finals last time around in '14 and got 2nd place on 2006. For some reason, I always find myself rooting for them over teams like Germany every 4 years. Probably because France just seems to choke in prime time, even though they have all the talent to win. I think Man U's import Paul Pogba can change that this time around.
Portugal. Basically I just want to see Christiano Rolando finally win a World Cup. His career is close to ending. He only has 1 or 2 more tries, tops.
Those are my picks. I think there actually is plenty of reason to watch this year outside of trying to root for Team USA. Since they didn't even qualify, try picking a random country like I did and maybe that'll make it more exciting. Kind of like March Madness really.
Which teams do you find yourself rooting for in the World Cup that aren't the US?