A summer/winter Olympics and Superbowl aside, the greatest sporting show on earth is upon us.

The 20th FIFA World Cup kicks off June 12 as hosts Brazil take on Croatia.

Get ready for a fiesta of fantasy thrills as 32 teams do battle to be crowned the Copa do Mondo da Fifa.

Favorites will undoubtedly be Brazil, 2010 victors Spain, and Germany and Holland will also figure in the betting.

As for the Mad Manc, I root for Nigeria and England (unless they were to play each other, then the Super Eagles get the nod) and when they both inevitably implode I back the next African team in contention and whoever’s playing the most exciting football. For my money, in the last couple of World Cups that has been Germany.

Olé, Olé, Olé!

From my Brits-in-LA blog www.labanter.com

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