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NEW YORK — It may seem that when it comes to football, Americans are only concerned with the kind involving goal posts and touchdowns. But lest one forget, this is a country of expats from nations obsessed with that other kind of football, as proven over the last week during the many public viewings of World Cup games. The Brits flocked to Fiddlesticks pub in the West Village, while Argentinians and Brazilians in patriotic garb flooded restaurants in SoHo showing the matches on wide-screen TVs — Argentines at Novecento and Diva; Brazilians at Félix. Thankfully, these fans make face paint and jerseys look chicer than those bare-chested beer guzzlers who will fill U.S. stadiums come fall.

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