It has been years since the FIFA World Cup has generated so much buzz in the United States. The tournament gameplay has been superb and contains plenty of drama in each match. Players are displaying the “leave it all on the field” mentality, and the teams continue playing with a sense of urgency that soccer sometimes lacks.
A fútbol revolution has stormed the country. Who can blame it? The United States vs. Portugal game was ESPN’s highest-rated World Cup match ever. The U.S.A.’s heartbreaking draw not only proved the age old saying, “it’s not over until it’s over”, but the game showed many non-soccer fans the high level of talent and competition present within the World Cup.
However, the excitement has not been limited to the games involving the United States. Mexico’s late game surge against Croatia and Argentina’s nail biting win over Nigeria both exemplified high-tension games filled with emotion.
The World Cup has even had its fair share of controversy. Luis Suarez’s biting of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini will not soon be forgotten, but even that incident was unable to outshine the world-class talent being displayed on the soccer pitch. While there will probably be no more biting incidents, all the dramatic conclusions of the world cup have yet to play out.
To all sports fans and interested parties looking to experience a World Cup match, I have to recommend going out and watching the game amongst a crowd. The atmosphere provided by passionate fans adds to the excitement of the tournament, and Orlando has several soccer-enthused establishments ready to welcome the masses.
Wall Street Plaza: Several dining and drink options along with World Cup watching parties to match the festive atmosphere.
Web – http://wallstplaza.net/
Address- Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801
The Pub: An authentic English pub and restaurant that makes you feel like you’re watching the game from Liverpool.
Address- 9101 International Dr #1003, Orlando, FL 32819
Harp & Celt Irish Pub and Restaurant: An authentic Irish pub known to be local gathering place for all soccer and fútbol fans.
Address- 25 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
World of Beer: No food, but more craft beers than you can count, plenty of flat screens, and several locations in the Orlando area.
Web – http://worldofbeer.com/
Address-3402 Technological Avenue, Orlando, FL 32817