The generic World Cup meetup thread
June 11, 2010 10:09 AM   Subscribe

This is the unofficial unsanctioned informal all-purpose FIFA World Cup 2010 (Football|Soccer) Match-Watching Meetup thread, for those who want to root for whichever team in the company of other local mefites, wherever that may be.
posted by ardgedee to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:09 AM (136 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

I'll start:

2:30-ish on June 12, Conor O'Neill's in Ann Arbor, MI, to watch the England-USA match among probably a few thousand other local Anglophiles and expats.
posted by ardgedee at 10:11 AM on June 11, 2010


I'm looking for somewhere baby friendly to watch the england-usa game tomorrow in center city/spring garden Philadelphia. Anyone got a favorite spot?
posted by 256 at 10:33 AM on June 11, 2010


What an excellent idea!
posted by Jofus at 10:45 AM on June 11, 2010


No, that's not a good feature to ad.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:46 AM on June 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Baltimore! I'll be working at my bar between Pickles and Sliders for the big game tomorrow. It's called the Bullpen. Password for cheaper beer than normal: Metafilter.

Would be up to meet anyone next weekend to watch some games anywhere in Baltimore City. I recommend No Idea in Fed Hill or Abbey Burger Bistro but I'm open to anything.
posted by josher71 at 10:49 AM on June 11, 2010


Looking for Boston area spectators here
posted by Lisitasan at 11:14 AM on June 11, 2010


Soccer is communism.
posted by qvantamon at 11:37 AM on June 11, 2010


Go banana!
posted by electroboy at 12:14 PM on June 11, 2010


Is it "okay" to enjoy watching soccer while being a Real American? For God's sake, no!
posted by amyms at 12:22 PM on June 11, 2010


josher71 - I could be convinced to watch from there instead of Slainte. Do y'all serve food? Can I get a street address to share with my potential posse?
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:48 PM on June 11, 2010


We'll be watching the USA game tomorrow in Tampa. Any mefites over there know a sports bar and want to get together?
posted by misha at 12:57 PM on June 11, 2010


Just watched the Mexico vs. South Africa game in Oaxaca this morning. When Mexico scored a (one and only) goal*, bombs went off! Woot!

*but it tied the game, so yay.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:53 PM on June 11, 2010


I'm thinking about watching the USA v England game from GB Fish & Chips in Denver. Hoping it'll be more England supporting than most.
posted by NailsTheCat at 4:55 PM on June 11, 2010


I'm funemployed in Providence so I'm up for watching any game.
posted by Kattullus at 5:54 PM on June 11, 2010


Soccer is communism.
Or as Mr Shankly put it, "The socialism I believe in is not really politics. It is a way of living. It is humanity. I believe the only way to live and to be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day. That might be asking a lot, but it's the way I see football and the way I see life."
posted by Abiezer at 7:21 PM on June 11, 2010 [9 favorites]


hmm, what's the time difference with South AFrica and when are the games generally scheduled for? I'm trying to get a handle of what time of day most kick-offs will be here on the West Coast..
posted by mannequito at 7:53 PM on June 11, 2010


six hours ahead. Generally they'll be starting in the late morning or early afternoon.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 8:04 PM on June 11, 2010


sorry, that was for EST. So, nine hours, nearly always by noon.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 8:06 PM on June 11, 2010


ESPN's World Cup Scores page tables the full schedule and will display game times based on your time zone. Not sure if it will work outside of North America.
posted by ardgedee at 8:17 PM on June 11, 2010


In Seattle the games are at 4.30am, 7am and 11.30am each day, but ESPN360 will be replaying them in the afternoon.
posted by jacalata at 8:27 PM on June 11, 2010


Lisitasan, Katullus: I'm no huge soccer fan, but I'll be hanging out in Boston starting Monday and want something to do, so throw out some ideal times to watch live games. I mostly want to watch N Korea vs. Ivory Coast.
posted by shii at 9:00 PM on June 11, 2010


I'll be in downtown Daegu Saturday night at 8 pm near the big-screen TV for Korea-Greece and if it's all too much I'll head to the Holy Grill. I know there's at least one mefite in this city!
posted by bardic at 9:05 PM on June 11, 2010


Blow Me!
posted by Duke999R at 10:17 PM on June 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'll be in my lounge room at 4am watching England play the Yankees. I'll bet any of you Americanos a sonnet (in praise of the winning team) that three lions shall emerge triumphant. Time to put your rhymes on the line, y'all.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:50 PM on June 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hath none the iron in his soul, nor wit,
To wager rhymes with quidnunc on this game?
Poor nation! Whose citizens will not commit
To bet their poetry against their fame!
Would Jason, Perseus, or men like those
Ever pass up such delightful sport?
Nay! Such heroes dared to grasp the rose
Of valour, unafraid they might fall short!
But not you lot - you whimper-spouting heard -
You run from glory, quivering in fear!
No skill with football, or a rhyming word,
What cowards to yourselves you must appear!
That's my "trash-talk": and if it you dislike -
Then meet my bet before the game begins tonight!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 12:44 AM on June 12, 2010 [9 favorites]


Watching the opening game was especially fun with my uncle from Mexico here visiting.

He shared the plane flight to London with a bunch of Mexicans who were headed to South Africa. They were on the plane wearing their sombreros and everything, making lots of noise, trying to encourage my uncle to go join them.

So, we are watching the game and I guess they put all the Mexicans together in the stadium. They zoom the camera in tight and sure enough my uncle says "Oh hey, thats the guy that was sitting next to me on the plane!" The world feels very tiny.
posted by vacapinta at 12:56 AM on June 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Heh, that's very funny vacapinta.
But the question is of course: will you be wearing your sombrero in London when Mexico is playing?
I won't be wearing orange clogs when Netherland is playing that's for sure. But I might wear an orange pochette and tricolour tie. Or even break out my orange suit jacket.
posted by joost de vries at 1:38 AM on June 12, 2010


Mefi
I guess. Also this comment by NolanRyanHatesMatches links to a video feed which may or may not work for you. If it doesn't work for you that's your fault.
posted by vapidave at 5:31 AM on June 12, 2010


If it doesn't work for you that's your fault.

and take your yellow card with you
posted by infini at 6:50 AM on June 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Soccer is communism.
Or as Mr Shankly put it, "The socialism I believe in is not really politics. It is a way of living. It is humanity. I believe the only way to live and to be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day. That might be asking a lot, but it's the way I see football and the way I see life."


That's.... that's beautiful. And here I thought he wrote such bloody awful poetry, and all.
posted by jokeefe at 10:27 AM on June 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


whatever, lets play ball, shall we?

*coin toss*
posted by infini at 10:29 AM on June 12, 2010


The fuck? Some limey bitch be talking shit?
This dull-ass sport, a flopping tedium,
For only children is it truly fit--
The globe's embrace but proves 'tis pablum.

To say my country is assed, even half,
Would exaggerate the commitment here,
Yet the smallest fraction conceived by math
Should equal, or better, your land entire.

If I pretend that I do give a fuck,
About this thing, your overriding mania,
Let's hear no bleating losers blaming luck
You'll drool, Britannia, you fools, Britannia.

So let us now begin this silly game
And prove your treasured sport your nation's shame.
posted by fleacircus at 10:30 AM on June 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan.

Today's sports page of my local paper has two articles on American Football, two on baseball (Both MLB and minor league), one on golf and not one on the World Cup.
posted by octothorpe at 10:35 AM on June 12, 2010


Ann Arborites: Conor's is overflowing. Any good recommendations for a plan B?
posted by ardgedee at 10:38 AM on June 12, 2010


Plan B is Arbor Brewing, unless somebody wrangles a table at Conor's (because The Arena was also packed). You can reach me on Twitter at this account name.
posted by ardgedee at 10:52 AM on June 12, 2010


You can reach me on Twitter at this account name. but you can never tweet
posted by infini at 10:58 AM on June 12, 2010


Upside: we have a table. Downside: Bob Costas.
posted by ardgedee at 11:01 AM on June 12, 2010


Fans are piling in. We have a table right next to the tv.
posted by ardgedee at 11:11 AM on June 12, 2010


goal already!
posted by dhruva at 11:35 AM on June 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Gah! I don't know which side I'm on!
posted by iamkimiam at 11:37 AM on June 12, 2010


"One of the softest goals I've ever seen at this level."
posted by daniel striped tiger at 12:13 PM on June 12, 2010


Go our guys! Down with those other guys!
posted by ardgedee at 12:21 PM on June 12, 2010


O valiant Quid of Nunc, let not thy mouth
Embroil thee in a scrap thine arse can't handle.
('Tis thus we put it, somewhat west and south.)
You'll find out if the game is worth the candle
This eve, this very eve, in two short hours'
Hard-driving traffic of the small green stage:
When thine and mine former colonial powers
Combat to prove the glory of the age.
Sweet Quid, thou art colonial. Hear my suit:
Doth not thy heart with us, thy fellows, lie?
Shalt kneel and kiss Britannia's spikéd boot
When they would stomp our nations' dignity
In most Orwellian fashion, in the face?
O turn thy trash-talk to its truer place!
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:23 PM on June 12, 2010 [7 favorites]


If you here, you could get a free beer sample for every yellow card.

England's helping us enjoy the game in more ways than one.
posted by ardgedee at 12:55 PM on June 12, 2010


ardgedee, that can't be a bar where they know much about England games....
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:20 PM on June 12, 2010


Nah, but despite that the beer's good.
posted by ardgedee at 1:28 PM on June 12, 2010


fleacircus, I've paid you my sonnet in the other thread.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:33 PM on June 12, 2010


Good beer is the essential thing!
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:33 PM on June 12, 2010


Yay! Aw, quidnunc, you've outclassed me coming and going.
posted by fleacircus at 1:45 PM on June 12, 2010


shii- Will you still be in Boston when that match rolls around? As far as I understand, it's not until the 25th. If you are, I'm game!
posted by Lisitasan at 6:20 PM on June 12, 2010


Next weekend's afternoon games (by North American reckoning) are Cameroon vs. Denmark on Saturday, Brazil vs. Ivory Coast on Sunday.

Ann Arbor locals: Does either one sound like a better excuse for a meetup?
posted by ardgedee at 8:20 PM on June 12, 2010


Australia v Germany tonight - and who among you ardent Germanophiles hath the courage to bet me that Australia shall not triumph gloriously? The loser shall perform a sonnet for the victor.

Don't make me trash-talk yet another country, you ninnies!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:06 PM on June 12, 2010


Oh rich and subtle nation, where the Rhine
Doth through the green and fecund valleys flow
Your football strength the world must surely know -
You triumph, nearly each and every time!
Three stars upon your shirts attest to that:
Three golden victories your land has seen
And even when you fall short of the dream
You acquit yourselves with honour in combat!
Fair Deutschland, surely none can doubt your skill
Your rigour, nor your passion for this game?
And yet, if you still say with pride your name,
Take up my bet - I beg you that you will -
Australia will your mighty team subdue
... even though our world ranking is one hundred and sixty-two.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:39 PM on June 12, 2010 [5 favorites]


Darn, I've gone bonkers. I've been waiting for someone to post links to the cool ads like the ones posted here in 2006. Can't help it, I even like the corporate ones (even the BP one!)

Not to mention the tacky tips for worldcup widows .
posted by Surfurrus at 2:07 AM on June 13, 2010


Quid, you're on.

Australia, where the mighty kangaroo
Doth roam the plains; where every native beast
Can either beat you up or poison you
(Except koalas. They're OK, at least.)
Unfortunates and villains o'er the foam
The British crown sent chainéd to your shore,
Yet those who now do call your land their home
Are strong and fair as demigods-- nay more,
Are heroes born! At rugby and at cricket
Your strong-thewed sons are masters of the field;
But football-- that, sirs, is a sticky wicket.
Can you compel the mighty Kraut to yield?
Stand firm, brave Aussies! Fight, o fight! Play ball!
After the game, Tim Tams and beer for all.
posted by Pallas Athena at 4:12 AM on June 13, 2010 [7 favorites]


who won? dad's got a fiver on germany
posted by infini at 7:35 AM on June 13, 2010


i love world cup soccer. i have two problems, however. first of all, WTF is up with the buzzing? i hate it. it sucks. do the people making that noise feel that it gives their side any particular advantage? does it enrich the experience of watching a game? it is retarded. stop it.

secondly, why is faking injury so prevalent and acceptable? it is not sporting. these guys are terrific athletes and in great shape. they'll simply fall down while running and end up rolling around in agony while clutching a shin or even their head. a brit created a huge scene and came out for a while because he had a slightly fat lip! i know there can be injuries, but i'm not talking about that. in the NHL, players are commonly penalized for taking a dive. i played american football and rugby for years. i know injury.

come on soccer players. grow a pair. get on with the game. stop it. it sucks.
posted by Shike at 8:02 AM on June 13, 2010


World Cup 2010: South Africa ponders vuvuzela ban
posted by infini at 8:22 AM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


germany scraped a win in a close fought match between embarrassment and depression*. The only bright side is that I was so miserable at the end of the game that I figured nothing could make it worse, and so finally went clothes shopping.

*This description may only be accurate from one p.o.v
posted by jacalata at 2:41 PM on June 13, 2010


4-0? Jesus Christ. I may need a little while to stop crying before writing this sonnet ...
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:42 PM on June 13, 2010


Shike, for the English guy, he had a cut lower lip. Regulations say you can't play while bleeding, and the medic can't enter the field. He actually wanted to just continue playing, but the ref made him go out so the medic could wipe his mouth, and that's what the whole discussion between the ref and the player was all about (at least that's what I understood from the narration).

For diving in general: If a ref sees someone diving, they can and will give them yellow cards. However, in soccer the ref's decision is always final (regardless of instant replay, etc). So if the ref's fooled and calls a foul, that decision is final. At most, the diving player could be fined afterwards for that, but I don't remember that happening.
posted by qvantamon at 4:46 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


O! Germany! Lay down your spear, I pray!
Your enemy lies dead - the battle's done,
There's not another soldier left to slay
In summary: this time, again, you've won.
Australia was your foe, whose noblest knights
Fell and met their doom at your swift feet
You kicked the shit right out of us alright!
The victory was just, and, for you, sweet.
Australia's wounds will surely never stitch -
Our hopes, and all our confidence, are gone.
Tim Cahill's been red-carded - that's a bitch -
Within a group of death we can't last long.
With heavy hearts, we'll buy our homeward ticket
Unless ... do any of you lads play cricket?
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:35 PM on June 13, 2010 [14 favorites]


qvantamon,

thanks! that helps. i must admit that the sound was turned down because of the f*cking bees, so i didn't have the benefit of commentary.
posted by Shike at 8:42 AM on June 14, 2010


Hm, the 2:0 victory over the Danes is less sweet because one goal was self inflicted.
posted by joost de vries at 9:35 AM on June 14, 2010


That and, until Eljero Elia came on, the Dutch weren't anything special.
posted by Kattullus at 1:38 PM on June 14, 2010


Anyone in Vienna, Austria? The (Aussie) Roo Bar near Park Ring is a friendly neutral spot.

Neutral because Australia can never win! (I kid, I kid.)
posted by montaigneisright at 5:36 AM on June 15, 2010


This is a week in advance, but: next Thursday, June 24, at 9:30AM at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY,. They're serving breakfast for the games. First game is at 10AM EDT. I will be there all day that day.
posted by knile at 6:12 PM on June 16, 2010


My fiancé just beat Brazil with Argentina. Oh. In a video game, that is.
posted by limeonaire at 10:01 PM on June 16, 2010


Japan? Friday night, about 10:30? USA-Slovenia? Chiba?

I imagine this to be a longshot.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:09 PM on June 16, 2010


Anyone in Tallahassee for a weekend match or two?
posted by grubi at 12:32 AM on June 17, 2010


I will be watching the two remaining Spain games on one of the big screens in Manchester (UK) city centre with the Manchester Spanish Meetup group if anyone cares to join us.
posted by idiomatika at 4:10 AM on June 17, 2010


Flagstaff, AZ? US/Slovenia tomorrow at...er, 7 a.m.? Is anywhere even open?
posted by kittyprecious at 6:42 AM on June 17, 2010


If anyone in Zürich, Switzerland is interested in catching a weekend game I'm up for it!
posted by sebas at 7:45 AM on June 17, 2010


I know Sherbrooke, QC is out of the question, but when it gets down to the finals, I'd love to watch some quality football with Montreal folks.
posted by Shepherd at 9:19 AM on June 17, 2010


Tucson/Southern Arizona anyone? No Anchovies! on University Blvd. is opening at 7 for US/Slovenia. It was standing room only on Saturday for the US/England, but I think it should be better for the early game.
posted by nestor_makhno at 12:04 PM on June 17, 2010


i, for one, intend to plan ahead. i'm out of the country for almost the entire world cup but will be back home in london, england for the final. i'll check this post then to see if anyone is up for a meet up.
posted by asymptotic at 12:44 PM on June 17, 2010


I'm thinking about going to a beer pub in Sierra Madre (outskirts of L.A.) for one of the upcoming matches. Anyone else interested?
posted by arnicae at 1:15 PM on June 17, 2010


New Yorkers!

I am planning on watching a few of the games at a restaurant convenient to my work, The Opia, 130 East 57th Street. The owner is french, and they had their own vuvuzelas today (and an air horn? wtf?), so I probably wont watch any more France games there, but I am planning on having a late breakfast for USA/ Slovenia and catching a few of the late (2:30 EST) games next week - if anyone wants to meet memail me.
posted by shothotbot at 3:31 PM on June 17, 2010


Go Celtics!
posted by not_on_display at 4:12 PM on June 17, 2010


n_o_d: flagged as being about a dumb sport

wtf, it's my fault if I run into someone, and it's also my fault if they run into me, and it's probably my fault if somebody runs into a completely different player and jesus, you're sending me off? whatever

I've been watching the 7am games at Paddy Coynes on Minor and John before work, if anyone else is looking for a spot in seattle.
posted by jacalata at 5:47 PM on June 17, 2010


Anyone in Borneo? KK specifically?
posted by micklaw at 12:26 AM on June 18, 2010


I would like to venture a quidnunc-style bet that Algeria will make the English eat astroturf tonight.

Bet me a sonnet, anyone?
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:53 AM on June 18, 2010


That'll teach the Germans never to sleep with the ref's sister.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:26 AM on June 18, 2010


Okay, as a US supporter, do I want England or Algeria to win this match? The points are going to get complicated...

Slovenia has 4, US and England 2, Algeria 0, so it seems that if Algeria wins and then Slovenia cleans England's clock, that would help the US get through to the next round, right? But I doubt Algeria will win.

But if England wins and then the US wins against Algeria, if we have a bigger win (higher points), we'd be in a draw for second place after Slovenia to advance through.

Do I have all this right? I'm getting a headache.
posted by misha at 11:46 AM on June 18, 2010


Easiest way for the U.S. to get in would be if England beats both Algeria And Slovenia, and the U.S. beats Algeria. That would give England 7 points, the U.S. 5 points, Slovenia 4 points, and Algeria 0 points.
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:00 PM on June 18, 2010


Essentially the U.S. needs a win, and doesn't want the other teams to tie. Because if England wins one and ties one, then it could come to goal differential. Whereas if England loses one of their matches, and the U.S. wins their next, they should be fine. So the U.S. just needs a win from themselves, and no ties from anyone else.
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:02 PM on June 18, 2010


My husband and I had a World Cup meetup for the US Slovenia match this morning. Our meetup consisted of the two of us driving around trying to find somewhere that has Sky and is open at breakfast time. We failed. Does this count as the worst meetup ever?
posted by toodles at 1:18 PM on June 18, 2010


England, it seems, couldn't beat an egg just now. Nor score in a brothel. However, if by some miracle the £2.5B England squad can squeeze past the Slovenian Pub Team and U-S-A!!! can score one against the redoubtable Algerian defence it's all gravy.
posted by tigrefacile at 2:17 PM on June 18, 2010


tigrefacile: thou shalt not denigrate the english football team on mefi.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:43 PM on June 18, 2010


thou shalt not denigrate the english football team

We have a "team"? I guess I'm not watching the same world cup as you.
posted by NailsTheCat at 7:42 PM on June 18, 2010


Anyone in Mid-Missouri? I've been watching at Shakespeare's (if I'm lucky enough to get of work early.)
posted by schyler523 at 8:14 PM on June 18, 2010


We have a "team"?

Is there an antonym for synergy or holism? If so, that's what both England and France appear to have this year.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 11:30 PM on June 18, 2010


Ann Arbor: going to try Conor's again this afternoon to find a table. Denmark/Cameroon isn't as promising a match as tomorrow afternoon's Brazil/Ivory Coast, but I might have to be elsewhere then.

Twitter's probably the best method if you want to meet up.
posted by ardgedee at 8:26 AM on June 19, 2010


anyone in helsinki? bueller? bueller?
posted by infini at 9:11 AM on June 19, 2010


Not going to be able to make it to Conor's after all. Maybe tomorrow.
posted by ardgedee at 10:09 AM on June 19, 2010


Sebas: It's perhaps late notice for a weekend game, but I just moved to Zürich this weekend and would be ecstatic to meet up with a fellow mefite here.
posted by Schismatic at 2:16 PM on June 19, 2010


England team visited Cape Town orphanage today."It's tragic to see their sad faces with no hope", said Jamal aged 6
posted by infini at 2:18 PM on June 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


Hawaii is on the other side of the earth from the World Cup, but can we still meet-up for a game?

I just found out that Olomana Golf Course restaurant (Sakuya) in Waimanalo is open at 6:30 and they have the tv on. Unless Tiger Woods is playing (or Obama?), they are tuned into the World Cup for the 8:30am games. (I wonder if they would open for a 4am game later on?!)

These are the afternoon games showing here live at 8:30am Hawaii time:

Sunday June 20 - Brazil v. Ivory Coast
Monday June 21 - Spain v. Honduras
Tuesday June 22 - Nigeria v. Korea Republic - AND - Greece v. Argentina
Wednesday June 23 - Ghana v. Germany - AND - Australia V. Serbia
Thursday June 24 - Denmark V. Japan - AND - Cameroon v. Netherlands
Friday June 25 - Chile V. Spain - AND - Switzerland v. Honduras

The schedule for next weekend and on is not available yet.

BTW, the restaurant is great - large and casual, and has one of the best chohshoku - traditional Japanese breakfasts on the island.
posted by Surfurrus at 4:47 PM on June 19, 2010


Ok it's pretty clear now for the US:

World Cup tiebreakers: Where the U.S. stands
Here are the scenarios for the United States to advance to the World Cup round of 16.

IF THE U.S. DEFEATS ALGERIA ON WEDNESDAY
It will advance to the round of 16

IF THE U.S. TIES ALGERIA
It will advance if Slovenia defeats England on Wednesday. It will advance if Slovenia and England tie and England finishes with fewer total goals* than the United States. The United States will not advance with a tie and an England win over Slovenia.

IF THE U.S. LOSES TO ALGERIA
It will not advance.


*(me now) I think the US is currently ahead on total goals so a 0-0 tie in the England Slovenia game is better for the US than a 4-4 tie. Also WTF England?
posted by vapidave at 1:40 PM on June 20, 2010


*(me now) I think the US is currently ahead on total goals so a 0-0 tie in the England Slovenia game is better for the US than a 4-4 tie. Also WTF England?

Yes, US is up 2 goals on England (tied Slovenia 2-2, where England tied Algeria 0-0).

Yes, WTF England. Great tweet I saw earlier:
"The England team visited an orphanage in Cape Town today. “It’s heartbreaking to see their sad little faces with no hope” said Jamal aged 6."
posted by inigo2 at 3:00 PM on June 20, 2010


I'll most likely be in Meshuggah's on the Delmar Loop in St. Louis tomorrow for the last 2 games. I do not believe I will make the 6:30 AM match as much as I wanna see it. I will be wearing a grey fedora with PBR pins and a Bacardi patch.

So, anyone that wants to join feel free!
posted by lizarrd at 5:46 PM on June 20, 2010


Boston: I'll be in the Times Irish Pub & Restaurant with a coworker at 10am tomorrow to watch U.S. vs. Algeria (just to be clear, rooting for the U.S.). I was there for the Slovenia game and it wasn't too crowded and it's a nice establishment. Email's in profile.
posted by A dead Quaker at 9:27 AM on June 22, 2010


Yay! The USA Won. England second. Only the Scots unhappy.
posted by seanyboy at 9:03 AM on June 23, 2010


Glory, glory England. Jousy Yanks relying on a free goal from us too :p You're going nowhere, we're on to the final.
posted by Abiezer at 10:00 AM on June 23, 2010


Just watched the USA win vs. Algeria from a streetcorner in Manhattan. People were cheering, jumping up and down, cars honking, etc. It was fabulous.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:01 AM on June 23, 2010


A bunch of people in our office were crowded into the breakroom watching the game. We burst out -- ruining some phone calls in the rest of the office! -- with such JOY.

Our downstairs neighbors must *hate* us right now.
posted by grubi at 10:11 AM on June 23, 2010


Despite FIFA officials' best efforts, USA goes through. Hopefully (my dream scenario) Germany trounces Ghana along with Serbia topping the Aussies, leaving us to play the Serbs...

... and England will battle Germany. Which is just delicious.
posted by empyrean at 11:21 AM on June 23, 2010


Despite FIFA officials' best efforts, USA goes through.

please
posted by L'OM at 12:21 PM on June 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Glory, glory England. Jousy Yanks relying on a free goal from us too :p You're going nowhere, we're on to the final.

It's balanced by the two clear goals taken away.
posted by inigo2 at 1:47 PM on June 23, 2010


More poetry please! The prosaic among you beseech you!
posted by luminous phenomena at 12:00 PM on June 25, 2010


In case this topic still works for game-watching meetups, anyone in Portland interested in going to the Mission Theater on Glisan? Probably the biggest venue for the game in town, should be fun.
posted by msalt at 8:18 AM on June 26, 2010


Once again in Ann Arbor, trying for a table at Conor's for the 2:30 USA-Ghana match.
posted by ardgedee at 9:37 AM on June 26, 2010


I did it. I got a table at Conor's. It's not a great table but it's got a view of a tv all the same. Look for the Friend of Matt at the very back of the bar in a blue golf shirt.
posted by ardgedee at 10:28 AM on June 26, 2010


The United States needs to declare war on football.
posted by gman at 2:03 PM on June 26, 2010


yay Ghana :)
posted by infini at 2:07 PM on June 26, 2010



The United States needs to declare war on football


they already did, they call it soccer ;p
posted by infini at 2:08 PM on June 26, 2010


Go Celtics!!!
posted by not_on_display at 2:17 PM on June 26, 2010


Great attitude from the US team there, but what a storming goal to win it. Put me in just the right mood for watching Rooney do the same at least twice tomorrow.
posted by Abiezer at 2:17 PM on June 26, 2010


GHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAA!!


(good try, USA)
posted by Surfurrus at 2:23 PM on June 26, 2010


(good try USA)

The agony of defeat, arrgh. But what a great team to lose to, best of luck, Ghana! :)

Hey Sonoma Countians - the Toad in the Hole will be open at 7am tomorrow for the England/Germany match. Dunno that I can be there quite that bright and early but I will definitely try to make it round about that time for brekkie and game watching. Do stop by if you're of a mind. :)
posted by arachnid at 12:40 AM on June 27, 2010


This venue in Bristol makes a very strong case for being a good place to have a pint and watch England - Germany.
posted by Abiezer at 2:33 AM on June 27, 2010


Do they supply handkerchiefs for mopping the tears and lager with prozac?
posted by jokeefe at 9:10 AM on June 27, 2010


You guys! (That's all I have to say about today's matches.)

Austin: I'm going to the Jackalope to watch Brasil vs. Chile tomorrow. Anyone else?
posted by fiercecupcake at 2:28 PM on June 27, 2010


Hmm, just in case I'm not talking to myself, I think I'll be at the Brixton on East 6th instead.
posted by fiercecupcake at 6:48 AM on June 28, 2010


And in case I'm still not talking to myself, I'll be in Austin at Rio's Brazilian Cafe on Pleasant Valley tomorrow morning for the Brasil vs. Netherlands game!
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:17 PM on July 1, 2010


ghahahahana
posted by inigo2 at 5:21 PM on July 2, 2010


Biggest choke ever? Or Uruguay's goalie is a god. Or both.
posted by msalt at 6:34 PM on July 2, 2010


Gyan is young, he was tired and injured. He shouldn't have taken that penalty, but nobody was going to stop him.
posted by Kattullus at 11:00 PM on July 2, 2010


Anyone know of a bar full of Netherlands supporters in Los Angeles? I don't want my efforts spent learning Wij Houden van Oranje etc to go to waste...
posted by thedaniel at 7:55 PM on July 4, 2010


A forum for Dutch ex-pats in LA, with the top few posts being match viewing locations. Too late for today, obviously, but I assume there'll be a new thread for the final.
posted by Errant at 4:57 PM on July 6, 2010


Apparently the spot for those Dutch forumgoers is the Happy Ending in Hollywood: facebook event
posted by thedaniel at 11:17 AM on July 8, 2010


In case you didn't see the MeTa thread, there's an NYC World Cup Final Meetup.
posted by Kattullus at 12:14 AM on July 9, 2010


The Toad in the Hole in Santa Rosa is having a block party for the World Cup final tomorrow - hope to run into some fellow MeFites there!
posted by arachnid at 8:12 AM on July 10, 2010


If anyone has suggestions for places in London for the final then I am eager to hear them
posted by marmaduke_yaverland at 12:12 PM on July 10, 2010


Last try to meet for a meet in Ann Arbor:

Who's up for suggesting a place to drink and watch the game? Conor's would be great but I'm not able to arrive three hours before match time to reserve a table.
posted by ardgedee at 7:30 PM on July 10, 2010


Goodbye Netherlands. Hacking, as the basis of your strategy and tactics, is no substitute for playing football.
posted by lapsangsouchong at 2:08 PM on July 11, 2010


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