Skip to comments.U.S. becoming fan favorite of other World Cup team nations
Posted on 06/30/2014 12:03:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
SAO PAULO Lost amid all the talk about the World Cup making soccer grow in popularity within the United States is one very real and unexpected development taking place right here in Brazil.
The United States is growing in popularity within soccer.
Don't look now, U.S. men's national team, but you are increasingly becoming the second favorite team for a lot of folks from other countries, including the host nation.
"Brazil is falling in love with the U.S.," said Brazilian businessman Mario Ribiero, who partied with American supporters in Recife last week. "It is seen as something new and exciting and surprising. We love the team because it is an underdog. And we love the fans."
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Yep - USA USA USA! It’s the chant it’s easy for us simple Aussies to remember!
With the result, Costa Rica have qualified for the quarter-finals, where they will play the Netherlands.
"We are making history. It's beautiful what we have done," said coach Jorge Luis Pinto.
Costa Rica have played some lovely football in this Cup - wouldn’t it be great to see them beat the Dutch!
The 2014 World Cup is the first at which more than one African nation has made it past the group phase, with Nigeria facing a fearsome-looking France side in Brasilia in the day's other last-16 match.
France v Nigeria
Germany v Algeria
"In recent matches, we have noticed a love rekindled with the team," France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said Sunday. "We have done what we needed to do on the pitch to make them happy."
Nigerias revolting World Cup squad
African champions Nigeria will be eyeing a maiden spot in the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday.
Unfortunately, the Super Eagles' build-up to the crunch game has been overshadowed by a pay dispute. On Thursday, the players boycotted training, demanding part payment of their agreed appearance fee for the tournament. This was because they feared they will not be paid their $30,000 per player bonus for reaching the second round, a situation that was witnessed after last year's Confederations Cup.
Most Americans hardly pay attention to FIFA and don’t even know that just qualifying for the World Cup is a fairly tremendous achievement. Even many Americans paying attention only until just recently aren’t even aware that the US team has managed to get past the group stage three times since 1990 and once even to the quarterfinal.
Comparing this record to NFL Football, that’s like describing a team that regularly gets to the post-season playoffs by capturing its division, usually advances to the AFC/NFC championship game and even got (comparably, again) within one game of going to the Super Bowl. Our team may not be regarded as a top contender, but at least the rest of the world doesn’t regard us as punks. Far from it.
Team USA is basically the New York Giants of FIFA and our coach Klinsmann is basically Jon Gruden. They’re going to win the World Cup someday and maybe even with this coach. And hey, this World Cup is still going on...
Africa has never had two teams in the last 16 and if both can pull off upset wins, they will meet in the quarter finals and an African nation will be guaranteed a first ever place in the semi-finals.
French coach Didier Deschamps and Germany's Joachim Loew know however that if they win, their sides will clash in the quarter finals.
Angry Algeria coach says Ramadan is matter for players
"It's not the first time I have had Muslim players in my team. I myself am a Muslim. I've always let them be free, this is a private question and when you asked this you lack respect," the Bosnian-born coach said.
"The players will do as they wish. This is private. You should talk about football and nothing else. Stop asking me about Ramadan otherwise I'll get up and leave."
The Dutch will send the Costa Ricans home. Still I would rather have seen the wretched Greeks advance. Easier for the Dutch to defeat.
Tomorrow Africa leaves the tournament.
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I think that analogy makes Steve Sampson Gary Kubiak.
"Most of the players weren't even born then and something which took place over 30 years ago is not really a relevant subject," said Loew on Sunday.
World Cup German goal against U.S. triggers Nazi tweets
When Germany's Thomas Muller scored the only goal of the match against the U.S. in the World Cup, it threatened to knock the American team out of the competition.
And it also prompted a mass of "Nazi" tweets on Twitter.
Analysis showed that 3.4 "Nazis" per second were tweeted during Germany's win over the U.S.
finally a muslim that DOESN’T want to yammer on about islam.
Costa Rica is going down against the Dutch if they play like they did last night against Greece. Scoring seems to be a problem for them...
I didn’t see last night - the Greeks had a full team defense though so I wouldn’t take that as a definitive performance by Costa Rica!
'If it's a penalty, it's a penalty. It's a foul, it's a foul. If it's a goal, it's a goal. And thing are starting to get weird here.
'My players are a little tense with everything that is going on. Everyone has been saying - coaches, players - that it's always Brazil that's wrong.
A lot of wishful thinking in that reply. The real reason they are liking the UNITED STATES in Brazil is because of the money the US fans are spending.
I think the Men of Orange will win it all..
This is BS. The USA is hated all around the world.
The game I as at in Manaus, Italy vs. England, had lots of English and Italian fans, but there were plenty of Brazilians there from Manaus as well. I'm not saying that this published poll is wrong, but that it may vary a bit from venue to venue. That said, the Brazilian government would have done well to have put aside tickets for lower prices. IMHO.
Regarding those fans from other countries, I saw fans from all over at the Sao Paulo airport, including a ton of really excited Costa Rican fans. However, clearly with airfare being what it is, it is by definition going to be those who can afford it making the trip. This is the same with the Olympics, and every world sporting venue I would guess.
Rich is a relative term. Most of the people I saw didn't strike me as being from the ‘Thurston Howell’ crowd.
I actually enjoy soccer, always have. And, I have not agreed with Ann Coulter much lately but she had some good points about soccer.
“That’s the difference between us and them. We’re always dwelling on our last defeat. They’re always looking for their next win (and they usually find it, too).”
You are absolutely correct. The large contingent of American soccer fans is helping the economies of any site where the American team is playing. This is especially true now that fans of England, Italy and Spain have pretty much left Brazil after their disappointing showings in the Group stage.
Despite some of the comments here about this article being “BS” or “wishful thinking,” it rings true with my experience. Whenever I travel abroad, I gravitate to soccer events at bars or where ever. Other fans know our Men’s team is rapidly improving. This is about the third straight World Cup we have been in the so-called “Group of Death.”
The reason is because we are the best of the unseeded teams. That means that two seeded teams have to get past us and the fourth team, too. This time, Ghana had played well to get to the Cup and was a troubling team for anyone.
Thus, the “Group of Death” moniker and bye bye Portugal.
The Ticos have great fans and their guys are classy. US fans pull for them. You can be sure that in any game between the US and Mexico, the Ticos are overwhelmingly all in for the US. Ditto most other teams in CONCACAF (maybe the Panamanians are not too happy right now since we helped Mexico slide into “their” spot.)
We are getting along well in Brazil because our team has won respect, because US soccer fans are not as obnoxious and combative as European and South American soccer fans, and because Brazilians have a generally positive opinion of the US.
A less cynical way of putting it is that the large US contingent - and while soccer may be a niche sport in the US, that still leaves a lot of supporters and they tend to be passionate - helps sway the “neutrals” in the crowd.
So far, I’m 4-0 in picking the knockout round games. I have Germany and France today (duh), and Argentina and USA tomorrow. Personally, I think today has the potential for being the dullest of the round of 16, but nothing in this tournament has been predictable.
Please enlighten us on some of the “good points” made by AC in that otherwise (unintentionally) hilarious article.
Costa Rica may well send the Divers back to their redlight districts and Mosques, at least the Greeks have a cross on their flag.
Duh. Do these people think plane tickets to Brazil are cheap?
I am starting to believe in Colombia. They have played the best of any team thus far.
Don't mention the war.
If the game had Ivory Coast in it, I see their fans, if it was Japan, their fans, if it's the USA, their fans and so on. Chile, Mexico, Netherlands, etc.
That explains this email I just received....
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Watch Zer0 fly down and make a grand entrance, sealing the hatred deal.
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