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an endorsement

The World Cup starts on 9 June. This year, the games will happen during Seattle's morning (instead of 2002's wee hours of the night). To get in the appropriate frame of mind, I started reading the Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup on Monday. So far, it's really excellent -- short essays from thirty two writers about each of the countries in this year's event plus lots of facts, figures, and odds.

I'm still deciding which team I want to win. When I was scouring the shops of Amsterdam for a Netherlands t-shirt, I had no idea that their team had such relatively decent odds (10-1, vs. the U.S.'s 100-1) of taking the whole thing. Somehow wanting the U.S. to win doesn't seem incredibly nationalistic, does it?

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It seems that I only really like sports when the possibility of elimination is imminent.

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with the group the u.s. is in, i don't think anyone is expecting much.
yeah. it's the group of death.
Have you read "How Soccer Explains the World" by Frank Foer? I love it...

My boyfriend is pretty much the largest soccer fan on the planet and is off to the World Cup in the summer - my friend thought of me when she ran into this country's marketing campaign in response to soccer crazy boyfriends and husbands: http://www.myswitzerland.com/fr/movies/wm/
I haven't read it, but foer wrote the epilogue for the world cup guide.