Bar goes Ice­land-mad as glasses are raised

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

World Cup fever has of­fi­cially kicked off all across Scot­land as friends, col­leagues and fam­i­lies packed into pubs through­out the coun­try to watch the first matches live from Rus­sia.

Foot­ball fans from all walks of life will spend the next few weeks cheer­ing on their favourite teams, par­tic­i­pat­ing in of­fice sweep­stakes and col­lect­ing World Cup stick­ers.

Pubs all across the coun­try cel­e­brated the first day of the fes­tiv­i­ties yes­ter­day by deck­ing the walls with a rain­bow of flags from all across the world.

Yes­ter­day at Ma Cameron’s on Lit­tle Bel­mont Street, Aberdeen, foot­ball lovers packed in early to get a good seat to watch the very first match be­tween Rus­sia and Saudi Ara­bia.

Although Scot­land are not in this year’s event, the pub has de­cided to back Ice­land – of­fer­ing free pints when­ever the tiny Nordic na­tion wins – although the odds for the coun­try win­ning the en­tire tournament are cur­rently 275/1.

In their first match against Ar­gentina to­mor­row they are look­ing at 9/1 odds for vic­tory.

Scot­tish fans can look for­ward to watch­ing even more games to­day, with Egypt play­ing against Uruguay, Morocco against Iran and fi­nally Por­tu­gal tak­ing on Spain.

Eng­land will play their first World Cup match against Tu­nisia on Mon­day.

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

Kristina Ko­cakova and Vik­toras Sur­mielio­vas in Ma Camerons in Aberdeen.

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