Where fans get trashed

Dif­fer­ent na­tions have their spe­cial pubs in the city

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIBONGAKONKE MAMA and KIM NOWACKI

FIRST prize may be a ticket to watch the soc­cer at the var­i­ous sta­di­ums, but lots of foot­ball fans have done some re­search to find the per­fect spot to watch World Cup games.

Lots of Eng­land fans have al­ready dis­cov­ered Cape Town’s le­gendary English pub, the Fire­man’s Arms. They say it’s a good place to get trashed if the team doesn’t do well. “It’s not that we’re pre­dict­ing bad luck on the pitch, but it’s al­ways good to have a back-up place for a jolly good party af­ter­wards,” one tourist said.

Some Dutch vis­i­tors have dis­cov­ered Tommy’s Sports Bar in Loop Street. “It’s a good place for fun-lov­ing, soc­cer-lov­ing peo­ple who all want to watch the game,” said one.

Ger­man fans plan to hang out at the Paulaner Bräuhaus at the Water­front dur­ing Cape Town matches. “They serve a good brew and the view is ter­rific,” said one.

Cameroo­ni­ans have cho­sen Sea Point, Wood­stock and the city cen­tre. Sev­eral say they will party at a club in Bree Street called Pata Pata.

Cameroo­nian artists Hamid Nji­fon and Issah Yende are con­fi­dent that the Fifa Cup will re­main in Africa. Yende be­lieves the win­ners will be ei­ther “Cameroon or South Africa”.

The Nige­rian-owned club 4 Ways, in Dar­ling Street, is where most Nige­rian fans will be hang­ing out.

The club has in­tro­duced cock­tails to its drinks menu as well as Bafana Bafana shoot­ers made with Amarula and pep­per­mint.

Other Nige­ri­ans say they will be par­ty­ing the night away at clubs in Bree Street.

Sev­eral Mex­i­can fans opted to watch last night’s open­ing match be­tween Bafana Bafana and Mex­ico at the Mex­i­can Kitchen near Long Street, while Ghana­ian and Uruguayan fans in­di­cated that they would be watch­ing matches at the Fan Fest and the var­i­ous Fan Jols.

The French Con­sulate in Cape Town said there was no of­fi­cial gath­er­ing place for French fans. But many spot­ted in the City Cen­tre said they would join Capetonians at the Fanfest.

“We’re here to ex­pe­ri­ence the World Cup the African way. If we wanted to be with our own peo­ple we would have stayed in France.”

The US team goes up against Eng­land to­day in Rusten­burg, but Amer­i­cans got to­gether yes­ter­day for a World Cup party hosted by the US Con­sulate in Cape Town.

“We’ve in­vited a bunch of Ameri- can cit­i­zens to watch the open­ing game,” said Nathan Holt, spokesman for the con­sulate in Tokai. “We’ll be blow­ing our vu­vuze­las.”

More peo­ple play soc­cer than any other sport in the US, and Amer­i­cans make up the largest group of for­eign vis­i­tors for the cup, said Holt.

As for who he’s root­ing for, a diplo­matic Holt said: “Of course, we’d love to see Team USA play Bafana Bafana.”

At­taché for the Ja­panese Con­sulate in Cape Town, Yuichiro Sugita, en­coun­tered a cou­ple of hun­dred mem­bers of the Ja­panese me­dia at the team’s base camp in Ge­orge but added that he did not see any of the 5 000 ex­pected Ja­panese fans there.

The na­tional team, nick­named “Sa­mu­rai Blue”, plays its first match on Mon­day in Bloemfontein against Cameroon.

Ja­panese vis­i­tors at the V&A Water­front said they are sight­see­ing and shop­ping at the same time.

Marco’s African Place is host­ing “African days”, ded­i­cated to which­ever African team is play­ing.

Do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar is the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Cool Bri­tan­nia is host­ing a foot­ball and mu­sic fes­ti­val from June 11 to July 11. Cer­tain days of the fes­ti­val will be themed “nation days”. Themes will run from the na­tional cui­sine right through to na­tional para­pher­na­lia.

PIC­TURE: MATTHEW JOR­DAAN

PARTY TIME: The World Cup open­ing party at the fanfest on the Grand Pa­rade was jam-packed.

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