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Study Reveals Which World Cup Teams Each State is Rooting For

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    Study Reveals Which World Cup Teams Each State is Rooting For
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    Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

    Despite Team USA’s absence from the World Cup this summer, there are plenty of soccer fans in Illinois that are still searching for a team to root for in the tournament.

    Naturally, plenty of fans will be cheering for soccer powerhouses like Brazil, Germany, and England, but according to some new research, the team that Illinois soccer fans are talking about most of all will likely surprise you.

    According to research conducted by SportsBetting.ag, using Twitter Geotagging, Illinois soccer fans have been talking about Nigeria more than any other team in the lead-up to the World Cup.

    The African nation, which has one of the most popular jerseys in the entire tournament, is the most popular team in a slew of states, including New York, Wisconsin, and Washington.

    Argentina is the most popular team in a trio of Great Plains states, including Iowa and Nebraska, and Brazil enjoys popular appeal in Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado, among others.

    The American southwest is dominated by Mexico fans, as Arizona, Texas, and California all are apparently rooting for the El Tri in the tournament.

    The World Cup gets underway on June 14 when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener. 

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