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Go France, Go!

After my favourites, Argentina and Holland, were eliminated from the World Cup, I thought I wanted Portugal to go all the way. But after watching their synchronized diving routine in their match with France today, I lost all respect for them. Seriously, there was one play today when two Portugese players were approaching the French net with one French defender close by, and as soon as they lost possession of the ball they both fell down together clutching their legs and rolling in feigned agony. The replay showed neither of them had been touched. I found myself rooting for France pretty quickly.

And between France and Italy, it's an easy choice on who should win. I don't make it based on national attributes, or the character of the teams, but on the fans. And Italy's fans are among the most annoying. I can't bear the thought of those smug clowns driving around and around cities all over North America honking their horns and waving their flags -- even though I'll be unlikely to see it. So it's gotta be France.


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That was pretty much the criteria I used to select a side to cheer for. France's fans in Toronto behave like secret agents trying not to blow their cover. Italy's fans... are not quite so reserved.

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