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NEW YORK (PIX11)  — Only one sport can produce the following reaction: “Goooooaaaal!”

That’s right the World Cup is back again. Which means that suddenly there are New Yorkers who have an interest countries like Spain, England and Brazil.

Additionally, everywhere one looks there are flags. In fact, at a flag store in Midtown PIX 11 News crossed paths with Tom McCarthy, the owner of one of the city’s first soccer bars. McCarthy purchased 32 flags for his soccer bar the Smithfield Hall.. The Ireland native says that although Brazil with its vibrant color and renowned beaches will be hosting the World Cup, there is no better city that reflects the tournament than our own backyard.

“It’s a great to be in a city full of every nationality in the world,” said McCarthy hours from the opening game between Brazil and Croatia.

This said, where else can there be more diversity than in Astoria, Queens, “We got everything we represent all parts of the globe,” said one local.

Italian, French, Greek, Mexican, every culture and language is in Astoria Including Croatians, “In Astoria, soccer as we call it football means a lot,” said a native Croatia while sporting his country’s colors.

As for the Brazilians? Well the biggest die-hard fan PIX11 News came across was undoubtedly Astoria resident Michelle Duarte. The Brazilian is heading back to Brazil in a few weeks for her two greatest loves in life, “I scheduled my wedding on 4th of July, a Friday, because I love America and I love soccer so my two passions are together.”

Coincidentally, Brazil beat Croatia the opener of the tournament 3 to 1.