The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world. There will be around 1 billion people watching the Final on December 18th. But it is not the biggest event in America. That belongs to our football and the Super Bowl. The NFL is king in this country, and there is no doubt about it. Nearly every sports fan knows the NFL and has a general idea of what the teams in the league are all about. So I’m going to give you the World Cup teams and the NFL equivalent. Root for the team that you want to root for in the World Cup. America, Mexico, England, Germany, and Canada all have large fan bases in this country. But if you’re looking for another team to follow, it could be fun to follow the team closest to your NFL team.
I tried to find an exact comparison for all of the teams, but it didn’t always work out perfectly. The fact is the NFL has much more parity than the FIFA World Cup. So I looked at overall talent of the roster, the history of the country, and where they stand on a global or league wide look. There are many story lines around this World Cup- both on and off the field. On the field the biggest story line is the final (most likely) tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Two of the all-time greats, and the best players in the generation by a wide margin. Off the field there are human rights accusations on many levels. That’s not for us. Here are the World Cup teams and the NFL equivalent.