With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just days away, football passion is reaching a feverish pitch. With approximately 26 billion fans expected to watch the combined matches, and 700 million to tune in for the final game, this year’s Brazilian World Cup Tournament will set new records on and off the field. Following the qualification draw that narrowed the selection down to 32 competing teams, the Brazilian stage is set. So what about those of us who didn’t score tickets to the matches beginning on June 12th? No worries, there are plenty of hot venues where one can watch the World Cup matches live in England while experiencing great Brazilian ambiance.
Brighton – The Big Screen:
What better summertime venue than the beachfront cinema in Brighton? The Big Screen will show highlights from the Brazilian Wold Cup, the opening ceremony in São Paulo, and the tournament’s first match, Brazil vs Croatia. Along with beachfront cinema, the venue will kick off World Cup action by hosting a ‘table-football tournament’ on June 12th. Come watch the action for free just east of Palace Pier, on the waterfront alongside the Brighton Wheel.
Edinburgh – Boteco Do Brasil:
As the entire world focuses on Brazil, fans will be watching the matches in a lively restaurant/bar with a Brazilian theme. The Boteco Do Brasil will light up Edinburg with great Samba music and World Cup matches on their big screen (47 Lothian Street) in Edinburgh.
The Isle of Wight Festival:
Fans can also enjoy most of the FIFA WC matches on large screens at BT Sport Field of Dreams. After an earlier announcement that the Glastonbury Festival wouldn’t be broadcasting any of the major games, football fans can now join the Isle of Wight Festival to participate in the action, from June 12th – 15th (£190).
Leeds – Millennium Square:
Leeds is set to put up gigantic screens in Millennium Square throughout the tournament. Football fans are looking forward to two key games on June 19th (vs. Uruguay) and June 24th (vs. Costa Rica). Should England advance, the final games are scheduled for either June 28th or 29th. Some of the early kick-off matches are also scheduled and admission is free, although space is limited.
Liverpool – The Samba Carnival and the Brazilian Festival:
Liverpool’s trendy new nightclub, the ‘Camp and Furnace’ is a spacious venue that serves as a centre for the arts, club, and as a restaurant. This summer, Liverpool’s ‘Rio Street Party’ will be a featured event from July 12th through 13th. Brazilian street cuisine, music, cocktails, and game coverage will bring the flavour of the Brazilian World Cup home!
London – Sushisamba and Guanabara:
The Japanese/ Brazilian restaurant ‘Sushisamba’ is just one of the London World Cup bars that are planning to party throughout the World Cup Tournament. From Heron Tower’s 38th floor terrace, Brazilian, British, and Japanese foods, samba dancing, competitions, and prizes are just some of the highlights. Weather permitting; fans can also view a few of the matches from the East Terrace.
Manchester – ITV Fever Pitch:
Manchester has organized a ‘festival of football’ free to fans in (what was once known as) Granada Studios. Approximately 450 tonnes of sand will provide an impromptu Brazilian ‘beach-soccer stadium’ for ITV’s Fever Pitch. Live World Cup action can be viewed from a 40sqm screen.
From June 12th to July 12th football history will be made in Brazil; catch a piece of the action in any one of these best spots to watch the World Cup in England! Where will you be watching the 2014 World Cup?