22 Reasons You Should Root For Brazil This World Cup

They put the beautiful in the "beautiful game".

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1. Even if you know virtually nothing about soccer, you probably know who this guy is.

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Pelé practically invented soccer, and was named Player of the Century by FIFA for good reason: He holds the title for most career goals scored in the Guinness Book of World Records, with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.

2. Neymar, one of the most exciting players in the world, is playing for Brazil this World Cup.

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There's a reason he's making a face like that. He's wrecking shop.

Oh, and also his hair is a sight to behold.

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6. Brazil's fierce rivalry with Argentina could rile up even the most disinterested soccer fan.

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There is a long history between these two countries, as this South American rivalry is considered to be one of the most intense in all of soccer.

7. Their bad blood even extends to great individual players.

Pelé and Maradona from Argentina are both considered to be two of the greatest players of all time. They have a general dislike for each other that they have never been shy about sharing.

Rainbows shot from their feet every time they touched the ball. Observe:

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12. Brazil has also produced the most prolific goal scorer in World Cup history: Ronaldo.

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He has 15 goals in 19 World Cup games. A record to behold. Also a haircut to behold.

Here's some verifiable proof:

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13. The final will be played at the iconic Maracanã stadium.

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The Maracanã is one of the most storied venues in the world. It hosted the 1950 World Cup final, and is a notable fixture on the international scene. You can expect to see every one of the 78,000 seats in the stadium decked out in green and yellow if Brazil makes it to the final.

14. The Brazilian team has hoisted aloft that magic gold trophy five times, which is a record.

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The Brazilians won the World Cup 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002 and have five stars on their jerseys to prove it.

Yes, victory is sweet indeed.

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18. They will be flying in the ballerest plane of all the planes, so you know they'll be in good spirits while playing.

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It's decorated by São Paulo artists Os Gemeos, who are known for their large-scale graffiti projects all over the world, from New York City to Lisbon. They've also collaborated with Banksy.

19. And they have a distinct home field advantage.

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The host team has won the World Cup six out of 19 times. Those are decent odds, but when you combine that with a stacked team, iconic stadium, and passionate fan base, the home field advantage gets noticeably larger.

20. They have hosted and lost before, so redemption is in order.

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The 1950 World Cup in Brazil is known for the“Maracanazo,” where Uruguay came from behind to defeat Brazil in the final. Winning the cup on their home turf will be a top priority for the Brazilians.

21. But no matter what, it quite simply isn't the World Cup without Brazil.

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Brazil is the only country in history to participate in every single World Cup in history. The greatest sporting event in the world and the country of Brazil will always be synonymous.

So sit back and get in the mood with some Brazilian jams, because it's going to be a beautiful World Cup no matter what.

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Joga bonito, everybody!