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DNA Testing

Who should I root for in the World Cup? Let your DNA decide!

Joe Schwartz

Joe Schwartz

DNA Testing Editor

32 teams are competing at the 2018 World Cup, and the winner will be crowned in Moscow on July 15th. For many soccer fans across the globe this is an incredibly exciting team to root for their squad, but for the first time since 1986, American soccer fans have no national team to cheer on.

But still, the World Cup is an incredible team and many US fans are unsure which team to support. So how should you choose which team to root for? Let your DNA decide! Your origins will tell you everything!

A DNA test is as simple as spitting into a cup and sending it back to the DNA testing company. Within a short period of time, they will test your DNA and provide insights about your ancestors and your origins. In fact, it’s highly likely that you are genetically linked with one of the teams who qualified for the World Cup. Poland, France, Germany, Senegal or maybe even the host, Russia!

Sound complicated? It’s actually quite simple. Many Americans trace their roots back to Europe and may have heard family stories of Irish or Scottish descent. But it’s also possible some of your ancestors were born in Spain, Germany, or Poland, all countries competing in Russia. A DNA test by a company like MyHeritage will provide an ethnic breakdown of your DNA by region. You may be surprised when you get the results!

In addition to just DNA testing, MyHeritage can also connect you with relatives you never knew about, so you and your newly found cousin in Belgium, Croatia, or Senegal, can connect over a shared World Cup squad.

So just because the US didn’t qualify this year doesn’t mean you’ll be left without a squad. Listen to your DNA and make your team choice based on genetics. You may discover that your DNA links you to a winner. Good luck!

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