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Day Two of The World Cup Experience

bar photo 1 600x450 Day Two of The World Cup Experience

Day two is over, and it’s been a long day. More than 126 miles in the car, tooling around South Florida watching World Cup matches in different locales rather than at home. Here are some of my experiences and observations.

For the England versus Paraguay match, I made the 40 mile trip to The Kings Head Pub in Sunrise, Florida. With a plateful of fried sausages, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, chips (and more) on my plate and a pint of Strongbow cider in hand, my five mates and I were eager to see what England were made of.

Like many of you, I was disappointed with the performance. The first five minutes couldn’t have gone better with an own goal and the Paraguay goalkeeper being substituted. But after that, the English team lacked the killer instinct to finish off the game. The second half performance was dour. England seemed to play more like the defensive Italy of old, and conjured up a lacklustre one-nil win.

Next up was a search for a Trinidadian pub in the Lauderhill region of South Florida, which turned up empty. So my mate and I ended up at Tootsies Cabaret in Miami Gardens. The Sweden versus Trinidad and Tobago match was equally uneventful. The TNT defense doing a remarkable job of holding off the Swedish team.

For the Argentina versus Ivory Coast, I watched the match at a friend’s party near downtown Miami. With the humidity reaching high levels, it seemed like the perfect place to watch the South American team. The Argentines looked extremely impressive and the day ended with a scintillating match as opposed to the earlier games. Argentina’s defense looks shakey, but they should cruise through to the second round buoyed by that win.

By the time I returned home, 12 hours after I left this morning, I was knackered but on a high.

How did you experience the World Cup matches, and what were your thoughts on what you saw? Do tell.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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One Response to Day Two of The World Cup Experience

  1. The Tokyo Toffeeman says:

    What’s all this about ESPN/ABC referring to Becks as “Michael” and England as “Germany” – wish we were! Watched the Ingerlund v Paraguay game at home with the missus (neutral, in theory)and sweated buckets over the performance of…..the appalling Mex ref who has never done a game involving a European team before! Flamin’ idiots FIFA! M.O.M. Crouch was a particular victim of his fussiness as was Gerrard with his needless booking, the 2nd half was dire ’cause of the heat, lack of striking options on both sides & biased officiating. Watched 1st half of T&T v Sweden in the bath (1.30 AM by now)but gave up hope when the red card was brandished. Should have had more faith in the plucky Tobogganners. Saw the Argentina v Ivory Coast encounter in my dreams – had it down for 2-1 to Argentina, was I right?

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