The start of the globe’s biggest sporting event is just days away, and as you may have noticed, World Cup fever is beginning to spread.
Lakers point guard Steve Nash is just one person who has caught the bug, so much so that the 40-year-old will be heading out to Brazil for nearly two weeks to take in some of the action.
However, seeing as Nash grew up in Canada and has family ties to South Africa, England, Wales and now the United States, there’s the question of who the two-time MVP will be rooting for during the competition.
During a recent interview with Mashable, Nash revealed the answer.
“My family’s English, so I’ve always rooted for England,” Nash said, who is also a huge fan of Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur. “Then secondarily, I’m looking for Brazil. I love how they play. I love Neymar. I’d love to seem them win it in Brazil. Especially with all the protest and everything, I’d really love to see them do well in their home country.”
England go into the competition with mostly low expectations, while Brazil – as the hosts – have more of a “championship or bust” mentality.
Brazil will kick off the competition on Thursday when they take on Croatia following the tournament’s opening ceremony. Viewers in the United States can catch all the action on ESPN.