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With US out, now what?

<p>So, the Americans are out of the World Cup.</p>

So, the Americans are out of the World Cup.



Disappointing? Sure. But it doesn’t mean you have to stop caring.



Here’s your guide to picking a new favorite:



GERMANY

Good:?They knocked out BP’s homeland yesterday.

Bad:?Quiet efficiency is just no fun.



ARGENTINA

Good: Lionel Messi: Sweet.

Bad: Diego Maradona promised a naked run if they win: Not sweet.



PARAGUAY

Good: Everyone loves an underdog.

Bad: Another South American team? Really?


JAPAN

Good: Their mastery of free kicks.

Bad: France flashbacks from their look-alike shirts.



SPAIN

Good: Huge talent, beautiful soccer.

Bad: It’s like rooting for the Yankees, or the house in blackjack.


PORTUGAL

Good: Cristiano Ronaldo’s offensive skills.

Bad: Everything else about Cristiano Ronaldo.



BRAZIL

Good:
Their free-wheeling, favela-influenced “joga bonito” style of soccer.

Bad: They don’t play like that anymore.


CHILE

Good: The country needs a post-earthquake boost.

Bad: They don’t have much chance vs. Brazil.



NETHERLANDS

Good: Orange jerseys! Orange dresses on impossibly good looking paid plants!

Bad: They love choking on big stages.


SLOVAKIA

Good: They eliminated Italy before the knockout stage. There are few soccer fans who can’t get behind that one.

Bad: They managed to give up more goals than they scored during group play.



GHANA

Good: They’re the only African team left.

Bad: The diving in the closing minutes against the U.S. was absolutely embarrassing to watch.



URUGUAY

Good: Luis Suarez is about the only reliable striker with the Jabulani ball.

Bad: Their jerseys are impossibly cheap-looking for a World Cup.