Who The Heck ARE You Rooting for in the World Cup?
Well that’s a good question, and as Facebook says, it’s complicated. If you’re a follower of mine on Twitter (and you should be because I’m fascinating … and modest) you’ve probably noticed me tweeting in support of a seemingly random selection of countries. Well I’m here to set you straight. It’s not random, but there are a lot of teams I root for. Herewith, the list with explanations.
I’m born and raised here, so of course my main team is the US, but let’s face it, our national team has not historically given us a whole lot to cheer for. Nonetheless, despite all the other teams and games I’m following, it was last night during the US-Portugal game that I did damage to my throat enough to make sleeping difficult. So yeah, Thursday from 11:00 – 1:00 (CDT) is blocked off on my schedule.
And if you’ve been following my blog at all this should need no explanation. For new arrivals, we all moved to Chile this spring (fall, Chile time); from February to June we were Chilean residents, so that’s been pretty exciting to watch. My wife’s still there, really being able to revel in the excitement. In fact, I’m watching Chile now.
Bummer, Netherlands just scored. Ah well, they’re still advancing.
Chi chi chi le le le CHILE
Similar to the above, but less so. We’ve never actually lived in Costa Rica, but again thanks to my fabulous wife we did get a trip down there a couple of years ago while she was setting yup a study abroad program there for her employer, Bradley University. Beautiful country, she’s gotten to go back once leading the class, and we MAY get to go again next January (she does, rest of us might). My son and I both have local Costa Rican fútbol club soccer jerseys, so, yeah, we root for Costa Rica.
Pura Vida! Víva Los Ticos!
OK, now we’re getting even more … well, separated for actual living arrangements. But my wife and I both lived for years on the border and have developed a sympathy for the country and its fútbol team. So today’s a busy day for me.
And in case you’re wondering, when the USA plays Mexico, it’s USA all the way for me.
This is all my son’s fault. Two winter Olympics ago he became a huge Netherlands fan, largely because he loved the all orange speed skating uniforms. But that carried over to soccer as well. In the last World Cup we entered a raffle at the local soccer store (4Kicks) and he picked the Netherlands to win. And he came soooo close. Ah, bummer. So we just had a split in this last game; he was rooting for the Netherlands, I was for Chile, and lucky for family unity they’re both into the next round anyway.
And not just because we’re trying to cover as many continents as possible. And not JUST because they have the GREATEST NAME EVER, but they do. I mean, come on, the Indomitable Lions, you can’t beat that. But no, we have a better reason to root for Cameroon, even though they have not had a good Cup and some of their play has been frankly embarrassing (as in dirty, not just poor). My wife served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon lo these many years ago, and so I married into this soccer relationship. Well, there’s always the next Cup.
And I think that’s it. So you see, I DO root for many teams, but I have perfectly fairly good reasons for all of them. But there’s one team it seems I can’t root for, even when it makes sense
Flag images via the CIA World Factbook (check it out, lots of good info there, regardless of how you feel about the CIA)