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BRAZIL BEAT: Switzerland's biggest World Cup fans _ Brazilians rooting against rival Argentina

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Swiss supporters cheer before the start of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)The Associated Press

The chant resonates throughout the bleachers: "Sui-ca, Sui-ca."

It's the Portuguese word for Switzerland, and those cheering on the Swiss in Tuesday's World Cup round of 16 game are not European fans draped in red but rather dozens of locals dressed in their national team's traditional yellow. The reason for their newfound affection for the Swiss? Their opponent of the day — hated South American rival Argentina.

"It's nice. We are a little country and we need all the support we can get," said Peter Adolf, a 32-year-old fan from Bern, Switzerland. "But we know is it because they hate Argentina."

— By Aron Heller — www.twitter.com/aronhellerap

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