If you weren’t able to grab tickets to head to South Africa to watch this year’s World Cup live, you can go to these cities for the best World Cup parties instead. You can celebrate the wins (or mourn the losses) of your favorite teams from impressively big screens.
Even if you’re not in the Mandela stadium, it would still feel like you’re watching with the audiences in South Africa. The cheers emanating from these crowds will certainly bring in a bucket-load of energy.
The second-best view of the World Cup this season is from Berlin. A wide stretch (about a mile long) of fans donning their national colors will welcome you as over 500,000 of them watch from Juni. Here, screens as wide as the boulevard show all forty-eight matches. You’ll get to witness the second to the final rounds of these games. If things go as expected, you’ll even get to see the game between Germany and the United States at 4PM on 27 June.
You’ll even get to hear the signature German cheer. Practice at home and sing-along before the big day: Make sure you will be familiar with their chant.
To catch the action during the first round, you would probably want to join the smaller crowd at Prater Garden. This is a beer garden which is 173 years old and could sit 600 people.
While the crowd in Berlin is charming, if you truly want be part of the biggest World Cup party without leaving the US, you need to book yourself a flight to Boston. Make sure that your hotel room is also near enough the plaza of the City Hall. For those who haven’t been there yet, this is a building of red bricks which can accommodate up to 300,000 World Cup fans. The anticipated show here is slated on July 11, 2010, at precisely 2:30 PM.
The anticipated contenders are France, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and Germany. The U.S. team is probably going to make it to the final game, but experts say this is by a long shot. To play safe, you can sing the universal “ole, ole, ole, ole” during the game. You’ll fit right in, no matter which team actually makes it to the final game.
What colors are we most likely to see in Boston, this year? When Italy won, the city was painted with red, green, and white. Should the Azurri reach final stage, you can expect to see the same theme again. While you’re in the city, you might want to drop by the rehashed Children’s Museum. A 2-day African festival is scheduled during the game, so you’ll feel like you’re almost with the Mandela crowd.
The second biggest World Cup party within the United States is in Chicago. Make sure that you arrive there early enough to grab a spot at the Chicago Bears’ house which can sit a crowd of 40,000 conveniently. This is also a good place to be in during the 11 July match at the Jumbotron, Soldier Field. There’s a slight catch, however. You need to pay $120 to get in.
Another thing: if either Mexico or the US makes it to the final cut, the tickets (all 63,000 of them, full house) will be sold out. What song are you going to sing? Mostly, American fans will be watching the game here, and while this group still needs to figure out their team’s song, chanting U-S-A, U-S-A should suffice.
As with most of the other World Cup parties around the globe, the Chicago base also has an African festival going on. There are screenings of South African movies and a traditional feast day of French Bastille.
With their team as one of the biggest contenders in this year’s World Cup, it’s only natural that Mexico City should have one of the biggest World Cup parties in the world. You can expect the plaza to be filled up with at least 100,000 soccer fans. This square is bordered by Mexico’s National Palace, and with this baroque building as a backdrop, you can’t be more Mexico-centric anywhere else.
You’ll also get to glimpse Mexico’s beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral while watching the game from oversized screens. The anticipated match is between the host country and the Mexico team which will open the World Cup 2010 on June 11, 2010. Make sure you’re there early enough as the game starts at 6AM.
Mexico’s traditional Cielito Lindo (Pretty Sweetheart) will take the reign as the anthem for Mexico’s soccer play.
You can cure your morning sleepiness with a café con leche from Café Tacuba. Of course, since you’re in Mexico, it’s never too early to order a beer from the nearby Salon Corona.
Of course, if you wanted to watch the World Cup in style and you’re cheering for the French team (or its contender), you would want to park yourself under the watchful shade of the most known Paris landmark, the Eiffel Tower. At the grassy sprawl of the Trocadero, up to 15,000 soccer souls can practically pile up everyday just to watch each and every single match. There will be giant TV’s set up to cheer for the French Blues up to the (hopefully) final match.
Should everything fall according to plan, France will be playing against England during the quarterfinal game on July 2 at around 8:30 PM. Again, France has no signature cheer to chant to yet, but you’ll probably hear the constant screaming of “Allez le Blues!” (Go Blues!) from the crowd.
Don’t fly out yet, after the final World Cup match. Should the French Blues win, the whole nation will party. The Place dela Bastille will be hosting their yearly dance party, which will be extra spectacular should the French team win.
Rio de Janeiro
Another city you should definitely not miss out on is the 5-time World Cup winner Rio de Janeiro’s home base. This city doesn’t just nest World Cup champs, the crowd themselves are champs of their own when it comes to celebrating global soccer games such as this one. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth when you fly to this city for the World Cup games.
Imagine yourself enjoying 32 consecutive days of Copacabana parties. The pre-World Cup concert starts at June 10, 2010 which will be followed by live broadcasts of 64 matches by the beach. The most anticipated match is between Portugal and Brazil on June 25, 11:00 AM.
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