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In which John Green takes less than four minutes to introduce you to all 32 nations participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Whether you're looking for a team to support or just want to know how I make fun of your country, this is the video for you. I will be livetweeting literally every game of the World Cup at http://twitter.com/sportswithjohn



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Good morning, Hank. It's Tuesday.

Every four years, the 32 best men's national soccer teams gather together for the World Cup, which is played in whatever country has most successfully bribed FIFA officials. It's the most-watched sporting event in the world, and the United States won't be there. Here's an introduction to the 32 nations that will.

Argentina have Lionel Messi, arguably the best player never to win the World Cup. Australia's national team are called the Socceroos, which makes them hard to dislike. Belgium have argyle in their uniforms, so they'll probably win the tournament.

Brazil are consistently a joy to watch, except when they are playing Germany, and they are the favorites to win the World Cup this year. Colombia's jerseys look like they have an armpit sweat pattern, but I will not let that distract me from the extraordinary good looks of their star player, James Rodríguez. Costa Rica just passed the United States in life expectancy, in addition to beating us twice in World Cup qualifying, so that's nice for them.

Croatia are notable for having a chessboard on their uniform. Denmark invented LEGO, so that makes them fun to root for. Egypt has qualified for their first World Cup since 1990, and they are led by noted hero and dreamboat Mohamed Salah, and their goalkeeper is 45 years old, which is a real inspiration to old people like me. All in all, they are my adopted team for the World Cup.

England, right. So the deal with England is that every World Cup, all the fans are like, "Our team isn't even that good. We probably won't even make the quarterfinals." And then they do make the quarterfinals, whereupon they lose and all the fans are shocked and devastated that their national team did exactly what it always does.

France's mascot is a rooster. Also, they're a trendy pick to win the World Cup this year, but they couldn't beat the United States in a friendly over the weekend, so I'm a bit dubious. Germany are very good, and they have a manager who always looks like an aging Beatle trying to hail a cab.

Iceland qualified for the World Cup despite having a population smaller than Wichita, Kansas. How are we not going to the World Cup?! I'm sorry, that is off topic. Congratulations to Iceland, who would be a great pick for my adopted team if it weren't for my undying love for Mohamed Salah.

Iran's backup goalkeeper slept on the floor of the pizza restaurant where he worked until signing a professional contract a few years ago. Almost all of Japan's players play professionally for Japanese teams, which is why it's no excuse to say MLS isn't good enough to develop World Cup-level players.

Mexico are obviously the best team in North America. Also, they have Rafa Marquez, who will be playing in his fifth World Cup. Morocco have a very strong defense, which they will need against Spain and Portugal. Nigeria, meanwhile, have the best kits in the tournament, and if they weren't in the hardest group they might go far, but they are in the hardest group.

Panama have qualified for their first World Cup ever, which is great, and I am totally over the fact that they beat the United States in qualifying. How do you lose to Trinidad...?!

My friend, the writer Daniel Alarcón, is Peruvian, and their uniform has a sash, and they've qualified for their first World Cup since 1982, making them an excellent choice for your adopted team, until and unless you look into these dreamy eyes. Poland are a good long-shot pick to go far in the tournament, if their star striker Robert Lewandowski is in form.

Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo, if you're into that kind of thing. I'm sorry, I'm trying to work my way through some of my issues around Real Madrid right now. Russia's hosting the tournament, and I'm not going to say anything else, because I am genuinely scared of Vladimir Putin.

Saudi Arabia are the biggest underdogs. Serbia has a defense with tons of experience, or, put another way, they're old. Nobody agrees with me, but I think Senegal could go to the semifinals, because Sadio Mane is really good. And no, this video has not been biased by my affection for Liverpool.

South Korea's coach is only four years older than Egypt's goalkeeper. Spain are kind of the Yankees of soccer. Sweden no longer has football's biggest personality, Zlatan Ibrahimović, so why bother.

Switzerland specializes in neutrality, which is perhaps why they play so many excruciatingly boring nil-nil draws. Tunisia's kits look so good I bought one, but I fear their World Cup will be brief.

And last but not least, Uruguay are probably best known for having a striker, Luis Suárez, who has bitten opponents on three separate occasions. But that ignores the important fact that in more than 99% of his competitive games, Luis Suárez hasn't bitten anyone, a nearly perfect record.

I'll be live-tweeting every game of this year's World Cup at my sports Twitter, @sportswithjohn. I hope to see you there. Hank, I will see you on Friday.