Is it appropriate to root against a team? Fans are supposed to root for the teams they support - and I do root for my favorite teams, in all sports. But I can’t help choose sides in the World Cup and do more than just wish that my pick finds success. Sometimes I have to wish that a team’s shot sails wide, that a star player has an off-day and similar. I am not (always) proud of it, but that doesn’t stop me.