Countries you didn’t know were soccer crazy

In these Soccer Nations, fans live and breathe the sport.

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Uruguayan fans with cardboard cut outs of Uruguay's star forward Luis Suarez cheer prior to their team's 2014 World Cup match versus Colombia. Uruguayan fans with cardboard cut outs of Uruguay's star forward Luis Suarez cheer prior to their team's 2014 World Cup match versus Colombia. (Photo: DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Uruguay

True, Uruguay's national team is consistently a world power, and true, it does consistently produce some of the best players in the world. But for a nation sandwiched between futbol-obsessed countries Argentina and Brazil, it can often be overlooked.

Currently ranked No. 9 in the world, it's one of the smallest countries to have ever won a World Cup – which it has done twice, in 1930 and 1950. The sport is so popular here that the national team's home stadium, Estadio Centenario, is one of the largest stadiums in the world.

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