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Comparing World Cup teams to Premier League sides; pick a club

Jul 15, 2014, 10:54 AM EST

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With the 2014 World Cup over and just a month until the 2014-15 Premier League season begins, we got a bit creative.

If you loved watching the tournament down in Brazil this summer and want to adopt a PL team for the upcoming season, here’s a quick guide on which teams to follow.

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PST’s Nick Mendola had a go midway through the World Cup and now it’s all done and dusted, below is a list of which nations can be compared to the 20 PL teams.

Remember, you can watch every single PL game live on NBC Sports and NBC this season as well as online or on the app via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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COMPARING THE 20 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS TO WORLD CUP SIDES

USA: Dependable. Commited and they already have an American in Geoff Cameron. = Stoke City

Germany: Stacked with talent and both have won the biggest titles available to them. = Chelsea

Argentina: Both wear Sky Blue, plus the Citizens have three Argentines on the books.  = Manchester City

Netherlands: They play sexy soccer and are always there or there abouts. Talented. = Arsenal

Brazil: The heavyweights historically but both are going through transition. = Manchester United

Spain: Love to play attractive soccer but both teams came up short when it mattered. = Liverpool

Chile: High-pressing, fun to watch and always pushing the top teams all the way. = Everton

Colombia: Teams who possess plenty of young talent, neutrals love to watch both. = Southampton

Belgium: Star-studded talent who are robust, good going forward and have plenty of options. = Tottenham

France: ‘Le Toon’ have a huge number of French stars, both are on the cusp of a breakout. = Newcastle

Costa Rica: The surprise package, Palace shocked everyone last season, Los Ticos this summer. = Palace

Mexico: The type of team you hate playing against. Tough tackling. Grinders. = Sunderland

Ecuador: Regimented and on their day, can be lethal. Topsy-turvy teams who are unpredictable. = Hull City

Uruguay: Attractive style of play, don’t let up too many goals but never score that many either. = Swansea

Australia: The hardest-working team out here. Low on quality, high on effort. Proud. = Leicester City

Bosnia: Upstarts who are just getting established. Nobody really knows what to expect. = Burnley

Switzerland: Some would argue watching paint dry is more riveting, but capable of shocks. = Aston Villa

Ivory Coast: A real mix of experience and youth, both tend to underwhelm after promising plenty. = QPR

England: Solid. Rigid. Lack of creativity. What you see is what you get from these two. = West Brom

Croatia: You will have the bruises to prove it when you play these guys. Tough. = West Ham

  1. tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I would say Mourinho’s Chelsea represents what Germany used to be, not the fluid, possession based attacking side they’ve been since 2010.

  2. fantom21 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Based off playing style: Spain=Arsenal(possession)Germany=City(champs)Argentina=Chelsea(defensive with attacking ability) Netherlands=United(pre-Moyes), Chile=Aston Villa(speed), Columbia=Everton( strong and technical) USA=West Ham(not technically gifted but can get some wins)

  3. fantom21 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Brazil would be Liverpool. Fast, hectic style. England would also be Everton actually( not too much up the middle but dangerous wingers).

  4. Ian's Rushtache - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Spain: Love to play attractive soccer but both teams came up short when it mattered. = Liverpool

    Yeah, because finishing second in the EPL when no one expects you to even finish top 4 equates to being a WC favorite who does not show up.

    Only possible way you could equate the 2 is if you thought you had a snappy little one liner you couldn’t wait to share with the world.

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