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Serbia for me. Krasic on the wing? Tallest player in the world (probably) up front? Wigan reserve in goal? Love it.
USA are my first team.
It's actually like supporting England and Scotland at the same tournament. They HATE each other. Though, I am going to USA and my best friend is Mexican and USAIan. So, to appease her, and that I like USA they are my team.
However, as with all Scots, I actually support 31 teams.
Scotland hate England and do that petty 'Support anyone playing England nonsense', whereas England don't really care.
It's quite cute.
Loads of English people have chips on their shoulder about Scotland too. WE PAY FOR THEM TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT!
have battered mars bars on theirs.
I have a soft-spot for the North Koreans, but only because Middlesbrough is inextricably linked with the team as Ayresome Park was the scene of their most famous victory: a 1-0 crushing of the Italians.
the spot where Pak Doo-ik struck the winner is now in someone's garden and has a sculpture there. Pretty sweet.
Pretty terrible, I know. Supporting Japan -and- South Korea would probably get me severely glared at in East Asia, but a decent percentage of the Korean team is kinda pretty.
I'll take England as my third though.
New Zealand are my second team. May as well go for the most underdog of the underdogs.
two sugars please love
Who hurt you, wishpig?
Which is, incidentally, probably the absolute pinnacle of what we can achieve.
You might be onto something.
I want Branislav Ivanovic to hold me. Just once.
for the lolz.
(re-)qualify for the Soccer World Series. 1986 was the last time I think. I'd have been 3. Meh.
Only for the Wigan Athletic players. And the lols.
or france. or cameroon. who cares.
WORLD FUCKING CUP.
USA are my first
but am looking forward to seeing Argentina and Spain
WOO WOO WOO WORLD CUP
I thought we weren't allowed to have a World Cup without them?
because my dad's from there. they are going to be way worse than last time which is a shame.
I always do.
but there's a chance England will play them in the second round, i think, so it's Chile for me. Never seen them play. It will be good.
I'll be keeping an eye on Slovakia too.
you can get the fuck out of my thread, but that's just going to create a big, heated argument, isn't it? So let me just say it, then let's none of us talk about it.
but really it's all the unusual suspects. Paraguay! Ghana! Honduras!
and providing england beat the USA and finish first (really hope not), they've got a ridiculously easy run-in until the semis.
those potential walkovers against Serbia and France. It's a fix.
you could play at the stages you face them. especially france in the quarters.
Is it because you live here and you hate your life?
to bond with pretty much all my friends and support a country who have genuine chances of winning tournaments. when I was 7 I supported them in 98 (earliest competition i can remember) cos i was either naive or they had a genuinely likeable squad.
but considering that ever since they've made it very very very difficult to like them (both in an exciting football, neutral kind of way & in the way of having a squad largely made up of horrible people) & i wasn't born here nor have english parents, i see no reason to support them.
don't you support Leeds?
considering i've lived here 18 years it'd be ridiculous not to support a club here. Also my dad is/was a huge leeds fan so it was pretty much beaten into me as a kid. he used to hitchhike round europe to watch us play, ETC.
"both in an exciting football, neutral kind of way & in the way of having a squad largely made up of horrible people"
we had more likeable players than twats. and whether we've been good or terrible, we've generally been an exciting side to watch
dont get your point. also i had no real choice in supporting leeds like i did with england
Leeds 1-0 AC Milan September 2000
Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Harte, Duberry, Mills, Bowyer, Bakke, Dacourt, Matteo, Bridges, Smith. Subs: Robinson, Huckerby, Jones, Hay, Burns, Evans, Hackworth.
Bowyer aside idk who you can dislike there. Maybe Smith, but that's it.
Bakke, Harte, Kelly, Bridges = all underappreciated zolas of football
Oliver Dacourt is a cunt
Huckerby is a bit of a tit
Doobs has always been an eejit
Harte was prone to being a nasty piece of work
Leeds are your side n'all so I get where you're coming from, but don't kid yourself into thinking that many people outside the city have had any love for Leeds in the past four or five decades. They've never been considered 'likeable' but any sort of majority, or even significant minority. Very few sides are ever seen that way.
I guess what i'm questioning here is not that people actually liked or hated us, i'd be mental to think we weren't hated. But rather, whether a lot of our players warranted hate and most of them circa 2000 were alright. I'd disagree with everyone you pick out there apart from Duberry who whilst being a total idiot was ultimately harmless and loveable.
also, circa 98/99 with the "men in white" hasselbaink/kewell partnership we should've been everyone's second favourites. kewell hadn't turned into a twat yet and was a joy to watch, and i'm sure you'll agree as a chelsea fan that hasselbaink is the greatest man to've walked on earth.
Mexico, Uruguay, Greece, Nigeria, South Korea, Ghana, Australia, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon, Paraguay, Slovakia, Portugal, Chile or Switzerland in the 2nd phase than Serbia to be quite honest.
we can't play most of those, I'd much rather play Ghana or Australia in the 2nd phase than Serbia.
isn't there a good chance you will play australia in the second round?
and if ukraine were in england's position, i'd personally take only half of those sides ahead of serbia. they're impressive but nothing special. it'd be a disaster if england failed to beat them.
Australia are the weakest team in their group.
without PATRICK KISNORBO
we really do
I will also be cheering on whoever is playing France
So really I have a third team, which is New Zealand. Want them to beat a big team and feel good about themselves SO MUCH.
"Ultimately, it was the game of football that came out the winner."
(But probs USA just because Landon Donovan will be the most likeable man on the pitch)
they play good football on the deck.
After they get knocked out, probably mexico (if they get far)
Mexico were great in 06 and only got knocked out by a wonder goal from maxi rodriguez.
because I got them in the sweepstake at work. THEY WON IT TWICE APPARENTLY SO FINGERS CROSSED HUH?
Five foot Man Utd reserve Tosic on the wing, the two best defenders in the world at the back. Whats not to like?
by default of office sweepstake. Would normally be Poland, but lazy buggers couldn't even get into the silly tournament.
Apart from France, Portugal, Switzerland and maybe Italy, I'm pretty happy to support any of the teams. IT'S JUST A BIG FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL AND LOVE AND COMRADESHIP JUST DO IT DRINK COKE.
Some decent players, but mostly arrogant egotistical ones, can't play as a team, ridiculous manager, cheated their way there. There is just something about cheering on for the bad guys though (although the sex allegations are a bit grim).
Others I want to do well - Holland, Ivory Coast, Germany.
Teams I want to do shit - Italy, Spain, Portugal
just for Otto Rehagel's whistle.
for Otto Rehagel's whistle.
can i be an international manager in Football Manager straight from the bat as a new game?
at least one year of waiting.
all the african guys
So them I guess.
I'm just that confident New Zealand are gonna have an incredibly easy time of it.
and then because four arsenal players feature in their current lineup France
Always want them to do well.
have a good chance? They're my second, Italy is my first.
KIDDING KIDDING I'M FUCKING KIDDING.
GO GHANA GO!
based on this: http://whoshouldicheerfor.com/the-ranking
was his dating of a 40 year-old royal princess
but Turkey aren't here :(
will get back to y'all on this. am supporting LOLZ above all.
I wouldn't give a shit about Spain were it not for my ex and ton of Spanish pals here this summer, but as it is, I'll probably be rooting for them in most of their games.
Yeah, Denmark. Makes it all a bit pointless really, will have to wait til England go out first.
progress to the latter stages (qtr finals at least) especially Ivory Coast at the expense of Portugal.
Otherwise, Holland. Super-enthusiastic fans, decent players, usually pretty attractive football.
Purely because I love so many of their players, thanks to the Spanish domination of my team for the last few years.
They've done so much for Liverpool in recent times and with nothing to show for it. To see them rewarded with the World Cup would be nice.
They're not really my 'second' team though since I don't really have one. If we go out I'll be completely devastated and nothing could soften that horrible, horrible blow. Except maybe Jamie Carragher breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's leg in the process.
If the FIFA World Cup edition is to be believed they play an old-school 3-4-3 with wide midfielders and wingers. They won't win anything, but if they line up like that their matches certainly won't be uneventful.
Oldest brother is from here, have family here, so...yeah, you lot.
Also because I just want you to win one time so you can SHUT THE FUCK UP.
the whole country won't shut up forever.
Forlan, Cacares, Cavani, Godin, Suarez and most importantly LOCO ABREU.
if Spain don't win it i'd like England to. Even more now that Rio has no chance of lifting the trophy should they succeed.
Pedro and Puyol will win us the world cup single handedly.
as you well know we went on a 'golden run' past Niue, the Cook Islands and the mighty Vanuatu to get here. To wit the infamous
“Taro, Walter Lini, Malvatu Mauri, scuba diving, yams, potassium exports, we have beaten them all! Vatu Papaya! CAN YOU HEAR ME VATU PAPAYA? Your boys and that Llama playing on the wing took one hell of a beating...”
Brazil vs NZ final according to my wall chart
So them now (maybe)
I want to see Waldo Ponce lift the World Cup. And they have a player called Gary the Pitbull.
Or Argentina, if Martin Palermo gets to score a last minute penalty in the final.
Well done everyone who's said Chile. They can be my South American representative.
elephant = elefant
ivory = elfenben
elfenben is obviously a shortening of elefantben
(but can also mean leg)
Beauty in the logic of language is there to be found.
whoever i get in work sweepstake second
I'll let them know.
I find it more fun to watch a load of games and then work out who I want to do well based on players/performances.
But mebbe that's cause I'm not so awesomely clued up on football.
I supposed if I want to guarantee my chances of getting laid for the next few months I should support France...or Argentina.
Ghana are fun, aren't they?