With a diverse population that includes immigrants from across the globe, the Bay Area is a hotbed of World Cup fever. Can the U.S. team overcome being placed in a tough group that includes Germany, Portugal and Ghana? What are the odds of victory for perennial powerhouse and host nation Brazil? What country are you rooting for, and why?
World Cup 2014: Tournament Preview
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Alan Black, soccer columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle