Here is a lovely collection of football stereotypes...
Germany: A bunch of teutonic robots who play unsexy but merciless and efficient
football in rigid formations, and always seem to make at least the semi-finals
of everything. They never crack under pressure, suffer injuries, or have major
Italy: Gesticulating prima donnas who worship at the altar of the beautiful
game and fly into the air screaming and clutching at their limbs at the
slightest tap. Often disappointments, but when everything clicks, (...), it’s
England: A bunch of egotistical Premier League superstars who on paper
should be dominant but can never quite figure out how to play together. No
matter the tactical genius of whatever European coach has been brought in,
they always end up just hoofing it downfield over and over and largely
failing to score. Utterly doomed if things go to penalties.
Brazil: Forever the kings of football, whose legendary stars like Pele and
Ronaldo could create goals out of nothing and dance around whole teams with
a smile on their face.
Argentina: They run circles around everyone and score some of the most
beautiful goals in football’s history, but they’re also dirty rotten
cheaters. Wait, can you tell this is being written by an England fan?
United States: Chipper, harmless underdogs who just learned how to play
“soccer” (lol wut) last week or so and probably compete in some sort of
amateur league back home. Weirdly good at producing internationally renowned
goalies. Can’t seem to decide on a color for their uniform—are they red?
White? Blue? Some combination featuring stripes? (literally
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