The mania surrounding the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is here. Any year that the World Cup is played, you can feel the electricity and see the excitement of fans that anticipate their country raising the Cup by the tournament’s end in July.
In Denver, the hype for soccer and the World Cup has been gaining steam for years. On any given night during the year you can find recreational and competitive soccer leagues playing in the park, in indoor arenas, and even on top-notch fields. Ranking amongst the most physically fit cities in the United States, many Denverites clamor for the opportunity to play soccer any chance they can get.
Besides playing soccer themselves, people in Denver enjoy watching their 2010 MLS Cup Champions, the Colorado Rapids. Bringing more excitement to the team this year is last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup top scorer, tying Americans Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski with 5 goals in the tournament each, Gabriel Torres from Panama.
The excitement is building and Denver is obviously becoming soccer obsessed. But, Denver is not Rio de Janeiro, so the best alternative to watching this summer’s World Cup games in person is to catch them in one of many Denver locales. Every weekend, you can wonder into the British Bulldog and find English Premier League games playing, and during the 2010 World Cup, it hosted World Cup parties and opened its doors early on game day. Another popular spot to catch “football” is Three Lions Pub, appropriately known for being Denver’s “World Football Pub” with a website detailing the week’s upcoming matches . If the pub atmosphere is not your scene, many restaurants open to support individual countries. In 2010, Han Kang Korean Restaurant opened early for supporters of South Korea and Viejo Domingo televised the games for Argentines.
Whether you are rooting for the Red, White and Blue this summer, or any of the other 31 national teams, Denver will surely be a hot spot for international students to watch the games and catch on to the mania!