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It’s time for the World Cup of Sandwiches

It's just like the real World Cup, but with sandwiches. We tried to find a sandwich from, or somehow representative of, each of the 16 countries remaining in the soccer tournament. Who will advance through the knockout round?

USA vs. Belgium

The Bobbie: What's more American than Thanksgiving? A Thanksgiving sandwich approved by Vice President Biden. The signature item at Capriotti's, the Veep's favorite lunch spot, combines turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo on a roll. (Alex Baldinger)

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Wafelburger: Everything tastes better in a waffle, or wafel if you're ordering it at B Too. The Belgian eatery serves up a classic burger (beef, lettuce, tomato, onion) with crispy onions between two freshly baked waffles. Just don't forget to ask for an extra napkin: the chipotle mayo is delicious, but drippy. (Jessica Contrera)

(Jessica Contrera/The Washington Post)
(Jessica Contrera/The Washington Post)

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Argentina vs. Switzerland

Choripán: The humble choripán -- a portmanteau of the sandwich's traditional ingredients, chorizo and pan, or bread -- is a typical South American sausage sandwich. But at Del Campo, chef Victor Albisu takes it up a notch, adding pulled pork and tangy greens. (Alex Baldinger)

(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)
(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

The ZurichWe're not sure what Switzerland's financial capital has to do with breakfast sandwiches. Whatever it is, the Zurich, which can be found at Sundevich, features a sweet cinnamon apple compote and rich, salty gruyere cheese. (Fritz Hahn)

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

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Germany vs. Algeria

Döner: The lingering taste of your study abroad semester in Europe is the döner kebab, a Turkish innovation that is, according to Doner Bistro, "the No. 1 hand food in Germany." The spiced slices of beef or chicken are served in a flatbread pocket with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and tzatziki. (Alex Baldinger)

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Chermoula: The tangy North African herb mixture, popular in the kitchens of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, can be found at G Street Food, on a baguette with roasted tomatoes, bacon and a chicken breast. (Alex Baldinger)

(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)
(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

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France vs. Nigeria

Croque Monsieur: So decadent is France's iconic ham-and-cheese sandwich that nobody dares to imitate its innovative cheese-atop-bread design. Available at French bistros, bakeries and cafes everywhere. (Alex  Baldinger)

(Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Scrambled egg baguette: The home of the Super Eagles isn't renowned for any sandwich in particular, but it's not uncommon to find street vendors throughout West Africa selling baguettes filled with scrambled eggs or omelettes. Here's the toasted baguette with egg and roasted tomato from Pret a Manger. (Alex Baldinger)


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Costa Rica vs. Greece

Costa Rica hot dog at Silo: The land of Pura Vida isn't particularly sandwich-rich, but Mount Vernon Triangle's Silo has been concocting World Cup hot dogs for every country in the tournament. This one is topped with refried beans and chimichurri. Is that authentically Costa Rican? We'll allow it in the name of competition. (Alex Baldinger)

(Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)
(Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

Spring lamb: Greece qualified for the World Cup's knockout round by the slimmest of margins. We're glad, because it offers us a chance to write about the fancy gyro at G Sandwich. The roasted lamb comes from Isabella's neighboring Kapnos, and it's topped with tzatziki, romaine, pickled onion and a bunch of zesty dill. (Alex Baldinger)

(Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
(Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

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Netherlands vs. Mexico

Amsterdam Falafelshop: Falafel doesn't carry a Dutch passport, but thanks to Amsterdam Falafelshop's dominance of D.C.'s late-night food scene, it feels like it should. (Alex Baldinger)

(David Berger/The Washington Post)
(David Berger/The Washington Post)

Torta: Imagine your ideal taco, replace the corn tortilla with a piece of pillowy bread, and you've got yourself a torta. Taco Bamba's Torta Bamba, below, should almost certainly be banned from the World Cup of Sandwiches, for it is a torta on steroids: ham, hot dogs, carne asada, chorizo, Oaxaca cheese, breaded chicken and beef milanesa fill the bread. We named it the most intimidating sandwich of 2013(Alex Baldinger)

(Courtesy Del Campo)
(Courtesy Taco Bamba)

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Colombia vs. Uruguay

Arepa: Colombia isn't particularly known for its sandwiches, but the arepa at the Colombian La Fonda Paisa in Silver Spring does a pretty strong sandwich impression. (Alex Baldinger)

(Camille Kilgore/The Washington Post)
(Camille Kilgore/The Washington Post)

Chivito: The chivito is the national sandwich of Uruguay, and Fast Gourmet's version is so imposing -- steak, ham, bacon, cheese, egg and a bunch of other savory stuff -- Luis Suarez couldn't even bite all the way through it in one attempt. (Alex Baldinger)

Fast Gourmet's Chivito (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
Fast Gourmet's Chivito (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

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Brazil vs. Chile

The Maracana: For World Cup points, it's hard to top a sandwich named for Rio's Estadio Maracanã, site of the tournament's July 13 finale. Salty goes head-to-head with sweet here, and everybody wins: It's made with sliced ham and turkey, mozzarella cheese and hunks of pineapple on your choice of wheat or white ciabatta at Lia Cafe Brazil in Mount Pleasant. (Holley Simmons)

The Maracana sandwich at Lia Brasil Cafe in Mount Pleasant. (Holley Simmons/For The Washington Post)
(Holley Simmons/For The Washington Post)

El Lomito: Sliced roast pork on a bun is a popular dish throughout South America. The Chilean-inspired version at Compass Rose adds creamy avocado and spicy 'nduja sausage to the sturdy classic. (Alex Baldinger)

Lomito sandwich from Compass Rose. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)
Lomito sandwich from Compass Rose. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

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