FIFA World Cup 2014: Latin America Reluctantly Rally Behind Argentina

Argentina's passionate - and often rowdy - love of football has often hurt rival nations in Latin America. Most though would be rooting for the side when it faces Germany for the FIFA World Cup title.

updated: July 11, 2014 18:42 IST
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Argentina fans get set to cheer their team against Germany.


Bogota: With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America

But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in the World Cup final, most Latin Americans will put aside their irritation with their proud neighbors as they look to Lionel Messi and his teammates to salvage what's left of the region's soccer pride. (Related: Argentina fined for flouting FIFA rules ahead of final)

A defeat for Argentina would be historic: Never has a European team been crowned champion on this side of the Atlantic.

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