It’s another massive weekend of soccer for all of us around the world. On Saturday, the United States plays Ghana (2:30pm ET) while on Sunday, England takes on Germany (10am ET). Plus, in addition to that, there’s the mouthwatering clash between Argentina and Mexico (Sunday, 2:30pm ET) and last, but not least, Uruguay versus South Korea (Saturday, 10am ET) which should be a very entertaining game.
The question is, no matter where you live in the world, how and where will you be watching the matches this weekend?
If you still haven’t had a chance to go out and watch the game in public, I highly encourage it. I’ve watched every game so far this tournament. Some of them have been at home. Some at work. Many of them have been at a local sports bar. But without a doubt, the most incredible experiences for me have been when I watched them at the sports bar, where I partied with friends, family members and total strangers. The level of enthusiasm for a game increases tenfold when you watch it with other passionate soccer fans. There’s the banter, camaraderie and the sense of all being together on a journey to celebrate the beautiful game. There’s no way that can be replicated in your home or office.
I’m very interested in hearing from you, the readers, how you’ll be experiencing the games this weekend and who you’ll be rooting for. Personally, I’m looking forward to a wonderful weekend of matches, but I’m most looking forward to seeing the United States play Ghana in a game where the USA team has a much better chance of beating the same Ghana side that they played in 2006.
Contrary to what some of the England fans may think, I’m also looking forward to watching Sunday’s game between England and Germany. I have a sneaky suspicion that England will win this one especially because their poor record against Germany at major international tournaments has to end sooner or later. Psychologically England has an advantage over Germany in that they’ll be more desperate to beat Germany than the other way around. It’s a similar feeling to how Chelsea felt last summer where you could sense a strong desire to try to win the Premier League title in the 2009-2010 season. They had a lot to prove and they did it with incredibly hard work.
Whether England can step up their game several levels depends on the team that Capello picks. Significant changes will be necessary to quell a strong German side.
As for experiencing the World Cup games this weekend, I’ll be at Wowies in Boca Raton for all four. So if you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you to talk about soccer. Plus, we’ll be giving away a ton of prizes including an England home jersey autographed by John Terry, several ESPN World Cup mural posters, three brand-new FLO TV devices (the one I have has been a godsend this tournament) and more.
One more thing. If you do go out and watch the games this weekend, be sure to wear your soccer jerseys and colors of your country with pride. This is a golden opportunity to get behind your country but to also send a message to the soccer non-believers out there that we all love the beautiful game.