In the home of soccer, there is a passion to cheer on the home team of Brazil. However, the fans are unified on what other nations to cheer on in the 2014 World Cup. The support is unified for all of those I have spoken to over the last three days, which is unlike fans of CONCACAF teams, including the USMNT. This does not mean that Brazilian fans are cheering on all the South American teams from CONMEBOL.
There is one common enemy to Brazil and that is Argentina. As my tour guide told me, they cannot like Argentina. While seeing the city, he saw people holding an Argentina flag for a picture and said he is being peaceful and letting them get their picture. There is no mention of Messi. The dislike of Argentina is clear.
The unification became clear at the Spain – Chile match at the Maracana. While Chilean fans took up at least 85 percent of the stadium, they were joined by those wearing yellow. Spectators around me were joining in on the chants. This is partially because Spain is seen as an enemy, but it is also because this is a South American team that is fun to watch.
The same goes for Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay. Uruguay seems to get the least support out of those teams, but they are still supported. Brazil has a chance to encounter Chile in the Round of 16 although their leadership said they would prefer not to see the attack-minded neighbors. Brazil could also face Uruguay or Colombia in the quarterfinals. I suspect that their fans would welcome most of these matchups and be happy that those teams advanced.
For now the support is there for others on the continent. It will obviously end when Brazil faces a neighboring country. Argentina is a possible finals matchup; just don’t ask Brazilians to talk about it.