Euro 2012: Why American Fans Should Support Germany

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Euro 2012: Why American Fans Should Support Germany
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I'm an American, and it pains me to say this.

It's true, though: Ask an average American soccer fan which non-American teams he supports, and you'll get two answers more than two-thirds of the time.

Manchester United and England.

The first one is a topic for another day. But after Friday's Euro 2012 draw, it's time to start thinking about the second one, and time to start choosing sides.

Most American fans, like I said, will side with England. And that's a natural choice. The United Kingdom is the United States' closest ally. We speak the same language. All their games come on TV here.

But I'm here to say there's another way.

Supporting Germany next summer might not have occurred to you as a natural choice. But if you decide to go a new way, you might find it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your football-watching career.

Here are five reasons why.

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