After sixty four years, the 20th FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. With twelve host cities of the five regions of Brazil, thirty two top teams from all five continents will confront each other in pursuit of a single goal, to be known as the best team on the planet.
Only eight teams have won the World Cup across the years including Brazil, the greatest world champion with five titles who will be hopeful of lifting the trophy again. But other surprises could come as well; Spain and Germany are strong bets.
Where to watch the matches?
Nothing has yet been confirmed, but it’s likely that main spots such as Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square or Victoria Park will screen the big games – fingers crossed!
Although the tournament will be also be screened on terrestrial TV – BBC and ITV – we have created a list of places willing to provide you with a mini-world-cup environment to support the favourite teams. Fancy beer bets, a mini-carnival or a food festival?
So answer the question:
Which club are you supporting?
I am supporting…
Where to watch: Guanabara
Brazilian food, Brazilian Music and Brazilian football. Guanabara will be screening every Brazil match and most England matches, re-creating a Brazilian carnival spirit with live entertainment from samba dancers, capoeira performers, football freestylers, and other Brazilian entertainment- with 6 large screens & 2 60’ LED screens projecting all the action and amazing surround sound Guanabara promises to be one of the best places in town to enjoy the World Cup this side of Rio.
Where to watch: Bavarian Beerhouse
Football nights, with matches shown on giant screens, with Steins of German beers and generous plates of Sausages and Pork Shanks served by charming Fräuleins. Just to show that Germans are also supporting English football, Bavarian Beerhouse will run a 5 -1 beer promotion, if England reaches the World Cup final.
Where to watch: Bar Italia – http://www.baritaliasoho.co.uk/
This lovely bar is a fantastic social centre for the Italian community. Watch the world cup while you enjoy the best caffe’ espresso in London!
Where to watch: Estrela pub
Stockwell has long been the capital’s Little Portugal, and this charming local bar is the community’s hub. An authentic Portuguese bar, as proven by the predominantly Portuguese clientele. (They will show matches until midnight)
Where to watch: Camino Kings Cross branch
Capturing the real essence of Spain was always the aim (and still is!).
6. ENGLAND and all the other teams (pubs/restaurants with particular entertainment during the World Cup)
Where to watch: Jetlag Bar
There is food and drink from participating countries with a special emphasis on their signature menu of international street food and craft beer. From the coxinhas (Brazilian pastry with chicken, cream cheese, jalapeno in pastry with breadcrumbs) to Choripan (Argentinian hot dog with Chorizo sausage and chimmichurri sauce) you can support your team with the finest food from home and abroad. They serve only premium craft beers and cocktails from Around the World so the adventurous can tickle their taste buds with a host of hops and fine spirits. Specialist cocktails include the Boris’ Breakfast, vanilla vodka shaken with strawberries and fresh lemon juice and the Ipanema Thong, a delightful concoction of Cachaça, chambord and fresh blackberries.
Where to watch: The Grand
The biggest screen in the UK for live matches. It seems that their mantra is “bigger is better” because the screen measures in at 24×15 feet!
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