Two days to go and eight games to play in the group stages of the world cup and only Brazil and Spain are going into them sure of their places in the knockout phase. Much of today’s attention will centre on the clash between the USA and Ghana at 3pm where a win would see Ghana through, as might a draw, but even a victory might not be enough for the States if the Czechs beat Italy. US fans anxious to experience the drama amongst their own countrymen should get down to W’Sens restaurant at 12 Waterloo Place, St. James, where the London Expat American Meetup Group , which has about 1000 members, will be holding what it hopes is not its final world cup get together. Ghanaian fans should make their way to Manjaro at 148 Holloway Road, N7, where Akwaaba has organised a screening of the match along with “loads of African beer, the best food in town and African music”.
For the 8pm kickoffs Japanese fans could try to get one of only 50 passes left for Logos’s screening of the Brazil match at the Montagu Pyke on Charing Cross Road between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road. You’re spoiled for choice if instead you want to samba with South Americans while you watch. The StattoStatto project has a good selection of venues as well as alternatives to some of our recommendations for other countries. You can expect Shepherds Bush, and the Walkabout in particular, to be swarming with gold shirted Australians hoping their team can progress while Gettin Hectic Events provide an alternative across town at the Vibe Bar in Shoreditch. Croatian support will be much harder to find but is likely to centre on the Academy Bar at 57 Princedale Road.
Londonist currently sits third in our very own Yahoo! fantasy world cup league, but all of us are eating the pleasant smelling dust of “sweet banlieue pourri” who not only top our table but are in the top 1000 selections around the world despite including David “Tony Jacklin” Beckham and Frank “Shooting Boots” Lampard. Sightings of the England captain breaking into a run between strolling up and chipping another dead ball onto the green… err… edge of the eighteen yard box should be reported to Londonist immediately.
Picture of the Fan Fest in Frankfurt via Thomas Ormston’s Flickr stream.