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Your foolproof guide to picking a World Cup team to support this summer

Ireland for life – but Brazil for a fling.

AS WE ALL know only too well, Ireland didn’t make it to the World Cup this year.

But never fear – there are always alternatives. Football is better when you’re rooting for someone, and that’s why adopting a team for the duration of Brazil 2014 is a brilliant idea.

As for your reasons? Maybe it’s the spot of a favourite holiday, maybe one of your parents is from there, maybe you love their cuisine, maybe you love one of their players.

Let’s find out.

If you choose Italy…

You might be a passionate person – or just passionate about pizza. Or maybe Pirlo. Any of the above are great reasons to support the boot-shaped country as it kicks its way into the World Cup.

pirlo Source: Flickr/calciostreaming

If you pick Germany…

Admit it. You don’t give a damn about football. You just love the way the commentators saying “Schweinsteiger” sounds. Try it - Schweinsteiger. Satisfying, isn’t it?

Source: Bundesliga/YouTube

If you admire Argentinan…

You probably appreciate the finer things in life – a fine wine, a good steak, beautiful scenery and a stunning squad on the pitch. That’s alright. It’s okay to treat yourself well… Just don’t be developing notions, now.

Source: Flickr/soyculto

If France tickles your fancy…

You’ve got Leaving Cert French behind you and you fancy yourself as a bit charming when you shout “Allez les bleus“. You’re a would-be lady-killer, aren’t you? You’re only supporting them for the romantic overtones it might lend you as you whisper it to a young lady across a crowded pub.

Bonne chance with that one, mate.

Source: Shutterstock

If you support Spain…

You know that red and yellow are your colours. Together, they really bring out your eyes. It has to be that Spanish jersey this summer.

Source: jamesblitz90/YouTube

If you back Brazil…

Then you’re heading into this World Cup looking for one thing and one thing only: a good time. Brazil is the home of the carnival, the hosts of the tournaments, and a pretty safe bet as well. If you’re someone who loves fun and an easy life, get your Brazilian colours on.

Brazil Carnival Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Source: AP/Press Association Images

And finally, if you root for England…

You enjoy being a touch contrary, don’t you? You know that you might get a bit of grief from some quarters, but you’re sticking to your guns and simply don’t care who slags you. You have your reasons, and that’s all that matters.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Who are you going to be backing in the World Cup this summer? Let us know in the comments. 

Alright, we’ll always support Ireland – that’s for life, after all. But Brazil is the ideal place for a footballing fling. Life Style Sports has the widest range of World Cup jerseys, boots and supporters wear in store and online – everything you need for the summer of football. From players to fans, football lovers can keep up to date with all the World Cup action on ‘The Pitch’ on lifestylesports.com plus check out expert product advice, international team ranges, player stats and great competitions.

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