What do you think of when you hear the word ‘football’? Do you think of a sport where the ball is played predominantly in the hand and rarely ever comes in contact with the foot? If so, you are probably in the wrong place and are welcome to move along. Still here? Good.
If you are reading on, you are probably pretty excited about the fast approaching FIFA World Cup that will be getting underway in Sao Paolo, Brazil from June 12. What you are probably not so excited about is the times that the games are being played at and the fact that most pubs and bars – the traditional places to watch the games outside of the stadia themselves – will have their doors closed until regular opening hours. Well, Japan Info Swap has put together a few places where you can catch some of the games.
The Red Rock – Sakae
Despite being more used to the Aussie Rules code of football, The Red Rock have firmly embraced the World Cup. They will be showing all of Japan’s games live, as well as the semis and the final. They will also be playing selected replayed matches in the evenings. Making reservations is highly recommended.
Hub Pub – Meieki
As a British Pub, it is only natural that The Hub will be showing the football. The advertisements for the three Japanese group games have been up for weeks. The Semi-finals and final will be shown, and they are considering possibilities for other games. For the recent 1-0 friendly game against Cyprus, fans spilled into the street outside, so a raucous time is to be expected.
Shooters Bar and Grill – Fushimi
As a dedicated sports bar, Shooters is perhaps an obvious choice for viewing the World Cup, and have so far guaranteed to show all of Japan’s games plus the latter two stages. For the first game against Ivory Coast on June 14 all tables are already fully reserved and only standing room remains available. The fact that they have already taken mass bookings for the 7am kick off on June 19 shows how popular a place it will be.
OXO – Kanayama
Another British Pub, flying huge Sakura Blue flags, OXO in Kanayama has the advantage of high, cavernous ceilings. This means that, when things get wild sports-wise, the atmosphere really fills the room, as close as you can get to a stadium atmosphere without actually being at the ground. They will be showing Japan’s group games and following their progress keenly. It is still under consideration as to whether they will be showing the latter stages of the tournament.
All fixtures shown in Japan Standard Time:
Ivory Coast vs Japan – June 14 10:00
Japan vs Greece – June 19 07:00
Japan vs Columbia – June 24 0:500
Semi Final 1 – July 8 05:00
Semi Final 2 – July 9 05:00
Final – July 13 04:00
For further fixture details see FIFA.com http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/
The above listings are for information purposes only and are not to be considered as endorsements.
By Mark Guthrie
Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WC-2014-Brasil.svg – Modified