When FIFA World Cup soccer kicks off on Thursday, all the globe’s attention will turn to Brazil. In Philadelphia, that means groups are drawn to specific bars and clubs. Here’s where to watch.
Thirty two teams. Thirty two legions of fans.
From Algerians to Uruguayans, Greeks to Japanese, Iranians to Ivorians and Brits to, yes, Americans, people across the globe will turn their attention to Brazil when the month-long FIFA World Cup soccer tournament kicks off on Thursday.
As the globe’s interest comes together, so too do national-team fanbases.
In Philadelphia, that means groups are drawn to specific bars and clubs to watch their teams take the pitch.
Fans of Belgium?
Try Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Old City.
England? Try, among others, Tir Na Nog in Center City.
Germany? Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street. USA? Far too many to mention in this paragraph.
Argentina? Well, I’ll be up at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloonery in East Falls for those matches (by all means, join me).
A full schedule of group-stage matches (from Thursday through June 26) can be found on FIFA’s website.
Most matches kick off at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time, though Thursday’s first match, between host Brazil and Croatia, starts at 4 p.m.
From there, knockout-stage matchups will be set through the July 13 World Cup Final.
While our map (compiled by Michelle Barrett and Marcus McCarthy for NewsWorks) doesn’t represent a “32 Bars for 32 Teams” list, we’d love to add suggestions from readers to it.