World Cup adopted teams: who’s following who around the world

Not having a team in Brazil does stop mean fans have to miss out, with many cheering on other countries for a host of reasons

As the World Cup approaches the knock-out stages, spare a thought for those whose team was not even in Brazil. Billions of people around the world have had to adopt countries to follow. Sometimes the affiliation is predictable, sometimes it is surprising. Who knew the Chinese had quietly adopted Germany? That Pakistanis have a soft spot for Chile? Or that the Iraqis are looking to Brazil to provide a little joy in their current predicament?

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Source: The Guardian