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Video: USA finally falling in love with 'soccer'

Video by Emmanuel SAINT-MARTIN

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-27

US sports fans are finally falling for what most of the world calls "football" and joining the World Cup frenzy that has gripped wide swaths of the globe.

To read our correspondent's blog on watching the World Cup for the first time from the US, click here.

Legions of “Team USA” supporters on Thursday waited in line to gain access to a sports bar in Midtown Manhattan ahead of the World Cup match pitting their team against Germany. Inside, rowdy crowds belted the Star Spangled Banner and vied for spots near the television screens.

It is not the zeal one normally expects for a football match – or "soccer" as it is known locally – in the United States. However, as the national team advances to the World Cup’s second stage, soccer-mania is taking hold of New York and across the country.

While many Americans are only now waking up to the sport dubbed “the beautiful game” in much of the rest of the world, others are taking special pride in being lifetime football fans, not just part of the latest trend.

To watch FRANCE 24’s full report with US soccer fans in New York, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-06-27

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