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Global Family, Team Spirit, & the World Cup


We were sitting around the dinner table at the start of the World Cup when Billy decided it was time to impart his lifelong passion to his eldest daughter. "Vamos Argentina!" they both hollered.

He lovingly explained to her that he's been cheering for Argentina since childhood. "It's our family team," he told her.

"And the U.S." I interjected. "We cheer for the U.S., too."

"Yes," he agreed, nodding emphatically. "I'm a citizen now. We support both."


A moment passed, and then he added, "And Honduras. We gotta represent Central America!"

We all three nodded in unison. Argentina, the U.S., Honduras. Some might see us as indecisive or disloyal, but the reality is that we connect to multiple countries. So we cheer for multiple countries.

I've written before about identity work with patriotic clothes. The World Cup is similar to me. We're acknowledging and affirming our children's multicultural identities by routing for all the countries we love.

This philosophy may fly in the face of a competitive society that focuses on winning. But when you're building a multicultural framework for your kids and your family, there has be room for more than one favorite team.

And now that the Ticos (Costa Ricans) are shocking the world, we cheer for them, too. They're fellow Central Americans. We just got a lot of love to go around the globe.

Well, except Portugal... I don't think Billy will cheer for Cristiano Ronaldo. At all... Maybe if he announced he's actually Guatemalan. LOL.

Do you cheer for one team or more?

12 comments

  1. Denise L Hershberger8:57 AM

    When it is a Latin American team playing a non-Latin American team it is an easy decision who to cheer for :) But when they start playing each other it gets harder!!! I love Costa Rica and I hope to see the Ticos go a lot further! But I'm cheering for all the Latino teams until we get closer to the end :)

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  2. Laura S.9:52 AM

    We each pick a team (not based in ethnicities although our family does have several!) and so far except for my youngest son who picked Spain, everyone else's team is still in the running - Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Netherlands and Germany! I am excited when any Latin team does well and feel particularly psyched about Costa Rica due to our Central American ties and how well Ochoa kept it together for Mexico against Brazil.

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  3. I love this! We are cheering for several teams too and really hoping Mexico makes it to the next round.


    Although, don't tell Billy, but I am cheering for Portugal :)

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  4. Eolia Disler3:48 PM

    Ah cheering a team... We have two major teams we are cheering for: France and Germany (we're French and we live in Germany). But when we watch the games of other teams, we always chose separately. My husband will quite always roots for european countries and as for me, it depens who plays... (I was for Uruguay and my hubby for England...) Right now, it's Germany/Ghana. I cheers Germany but Ghana is a sight to behold!

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  5. These have been some incredible games with lots of underdog victories. It's so fun to choose a team for each game! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  6. KidWorldCitizen12:39 PM

    hahaha, same with us!!!!! Our family includes: Mexico, US (both played!), Ethiopia (so we cheer on Africa teams), and China (so we cheer on Japan:).

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  7. I love that we bring near-by countries into our cheering love! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  8. Vamos Ticos!!! #puravida I spent a semester there, listening to my host dad holler and scream for everyday, normal soccer matches. I'm SO excited for my friends and family there because I know how much futbol means to them! Colombia is my 2nd pick because my dad grew up there--very near to my heart. Admittedly, I'm a bandwagon fan, but I'll be pretty happy if any Latin American team wins. :)

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  9. I'm with you on Costa Rica. SO FUN to see a team from a small, Central American country doing so well. Hope they go to the next round! :)

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  10. Haha. Your secret is safe with me and the Internet! :) Yes, Mexico has been inspiring to watch. I hope they advance, too!

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  11. That's a lot of teams! Good chance one of you will see the finals. :) And I completely agree about both Costa Rica and Ochoa. Amazing!

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  12. Yes. I don't know how things will go once our favorite teams start playing each other. :) I've decided it just means there's no way we lose. LOL.

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