The New York Times’ Upshot blog polled the fan bases of different countries to see who everyone thought was most likely to win the World Cup.
The results are totally unsurprising.
Every country polled, except for two, were totally realistic and said host nation Brazil was the most likely to win the tournament. One of those who said they’d win instead of Brazil was Argentina. The only other country whose fans thought they’d win the World Cup — you guessed it, the good old U.S.A.
Now, Argentina picking themselves is totally reasonable. They have plenty of weapons, like Angel di Maria, who won Man of the Match in the Champions League final and, lest we forget, the four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi.
But the United States hoisting the World Cup in July? USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t even think so. But that’s America. Say what you will about our country, but we BELIEVE IN OURSELVES.
LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, BABY! WE’D BLEED ON THE FLAG TO KEEP THOSE STRIPES RED. U-S-A!
But before I whip myself into a patriotic frenzy, it is worth noting that the poll found the country the U.S. is going to root hardest against is… the United States.
We love ourselves and we hate ourselves. We’re all over the place.
The second team that America plans on rooting against: Russia. Glad to see some things never change.
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