Who to Root For in World Cup Now That USA Is Out

PHOTO: Tim Howard of the United States reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.
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The U.S. may be out of the World Cup, but that doesn't mean the tournament is over.

There are still eight countries vying for the world's top soccer honor. The first two matches of the quarterfinals will be played today -- France vs. Germany and Brazil vs. Colombia -- and that's a great chance to start cheering again.

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For fans still recovering from the USA's loss to Belgium earlier this week, it can be hard to pick another team to support. If you're not sure to root for, this should help you decide:

Brazil -- If You Always Have to Be First

PHOTO: Neymar of Brazil looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Mineirao on June 28, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Neymar of Brazil looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Mineirao on June 28, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

If you just want to win, pick Brazil. They're the favorites to take home the World Cup trophy. Plus, they have home field advantage, and Brazil has more World Cup wins than any other country.

Or maybe you just really, really like Neymar. And gorgeous beaches.

Argentina -- If You Usually Pick the No. 2 Horse

PHOTO: Argentinas Lionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored his sides only and winning goal in extra time during the World Cup match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 1, 2014.
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PHOTO: Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored his side's only and winning goal in extra time during the World Cup match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 1, 2014.

You know the person who always picks the No. 2 horse to win the Kentucky Derby because they don't want to be blatantly obvious and pick the favorite, but also want a good chance of winning? If that's you, pick Argentina.

They've won the World Cup twice before and just might be the only team that has what it takes to beat Brazil.

Costa Rica -- If You Like Underdogs

PHOTO: Keylor Navas of Costa Rica is swarmed by teammates in celebration after defeating Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Keylor Navas of Costa Rica is swarmed by teammates in celebration after defeating Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

If you're always rooting for the little guy, then cheer for Costa Rica. The tiny Central American nation has reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in history. The team was basically an afterthought until they beat Uruguay in its opening game.

The Netherlands -- If You Can't Make Up Your Mind

PHOTO: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Memphis Depay of Holland during the match between The Netherlands and Mexico on June 29, 2014 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Memphis Depay of Holland during the match between The Netherlands and Mexico on June 29, 2014 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil.

They are also known as Holland and the Dutch. Confusing? If you have an identity problem -- or just like to use an alias -- then this is your team. The team has also reached the final three times -- and lost every one.

Germany -- If You're Just Really Friendly

PHOTO: Germanys Andre Schuerrle (9) celebrates with his teammates during the World Cup match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 30, 2014.
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PHOTO: Germany's Andre Schuerrle (9) celebrates with his teammates during the World Cup match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 30, 2014.

Since so many Germans played for the U.S., why not return the favor and root for them? The German coach is friends with U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who is also German. So really, you're just rooting for friendship.

Belgium -- If You're Really a Spy

PHOTO: Belgian players celebrate their victory after the World Cup match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014.
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PHOTO: Belgian players celebrate their victory after the World Cup match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014.

This is the team that knocked the U.S. out of the tournament. So if you're feeling particularly unpatriotic, root for Belgium.

Or, maybe you just really like waffles.

France -- If You Like to Gamble

PHOTO: Paul Pogba of France celebrates scoring his teams first goal with his teammates Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Paul Pogba of France celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his teammates Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.

France is a wildcard at this point in the tournament. Some critics say there's no way the team can beat Germany on Friday, while others are betting it all on France, claiming striker Karim Benzema will lead the team to a win. Ready to roll the dice? Go with France.

Colombia -- If You're Really, Really Optimistic

PHOTO: Cristian Zapata of Colombia Celebrates after defeating Uruguay 2-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Cristian Zapata of Colombia Celebrates after defeating Uruguay 2-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This team plays Brazil -- on Brazil's home turf -- on Friday. So ... good luck with that.

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