It’s on: The Observer’s World Cup Schedule

England vs. Algeria

2:30 p.m.

6-18-2010

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The rivalry: Algeria, the only Arab nation in the tournament, is still operating on momentum from beating Egypt to gain entry into the cup. They’ll face off with traditional soccer powerhouse England, whose team captain, Rio Ferdinand, was injured and will not play.

Where England fans should watch: Red Lion at 151 Bleecker Street, between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place. A classic English pub, it offers a continental breakfast for the 7:30 a.m. games.

Where Algeria fans should watch: Nomad Restaurant, a North African eatery at 78 Second Avenue. Feast on couscous and tajines while watching Algeria play.

 

 

Netherlands vs. Japan

7:30 a.m.

6-19-2010

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The rivalry: Japan has never won a tournament outside of Asia; the Netherlands boasts a strong defense but a past record of disappointing World Cup losses.

Where Netherlands fans should watch: Tonic Times Square, at 727 Seventh Avenue, the unofficial sports headquarters for Dutch soccer fans. It promises lots of beer and breakfast specials for this early-bird game.

Where Japan fans should watch: Macao Trading Co. is playing all games lives, including the 7:30 a.m. ones.

 

 

Ghana vs. Australia
10 a.m.

6-19-2010

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The rivalry: Despite being down its star player, Michael Essien, Ghana has made it far with a young team. They’re predicted to finish last in Group D, so if they beat Australia, it’s sure to be an upset to remember.

Where Ghana fans should watch: Meytex at 545 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Offers roasted goat in peanut sauce, Stone Strong Lager and a large flat-screen TV.

Where Australia fans should watch: The Sunburnt Cow at 137 Avenue C, the Sunburnt Calf  at 226 West 79th Street and BondiRoad at 153 Rivington all offer two-hour, all-you-can-drink happy hours for $20. Aussies, we’re told, abound.

 

 

Cameroon vs. Denmark

2:30 p.m.

6-19-2010

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The rivalry: Nobody expects much out of Cameroon, though the team dominates among African nations. The Danes have a traditionally strong defense and calm field presence, but will need to find the back of the net to win.

Where Cameroon fans should watch: Ponty Bistro at 218 Third Avenue, between 18th and 19th streets; it’s the unofficial headquarters for African teams, and it serves African beers like Tusker.

Where Denmark fans should watch: Petite Abeille at 134 West Broadway serves some of the best mussels in the city and projects the game on their wall. Add $4 Stella Artois, and you should need no further convincing.

 

 

Slovakia vs. Paraguay

7:30 a.m.

6-20-2010

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The rivalry: The odds aren’t bad for Slovakia against the favorite Paraguay, which is down star striker Salvador Cabanas, recovering after being shot in the head in a Mexico City bar in January.

Where Slovakia fans should watch: Lunasa at 126 First Avenue between Seventh Street and St. Marks Place, which offers $5 Heineken drafts through the Cup-and shows all games, even the early-morning ones.

Where Paraguay fans should watch: I Love Py Bakery at 43-16 Greenpoint Avenue will show all Paraguay matches. With coffee and pastries, it’s the perfect way to catch early-morning action.

 

 

Italy vs. New Zealand

10 a.m.

6-20-2010

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The rivalry: Italy is sure to fiercely defend its World Cup title, which doesn’t bode well for New Zealand, regarded as one of the weakest teams in the tournament.

Where Italy fans should watch: Trattoria Cinque at 363 Greenwich Street, between Harrison and Franklin streets. The bar shows all World Cup games and offers specials for Italy’s games, such as $1 Peronis and $5 Campari cocktails, but only if Italy takes home a victory.

Where New Zealand fans should watch: Nelson Blue at 255 Front Street, between Peck Slip and Dover Street. It features Australian wines and New Zealand beer and specials for each game.

 

 

Brazil vs. Ivory Coast

2:30 p.m.

6-20-2010

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The rivalry: Many are predicting that perennial powerhouse Brazil will win the tournament. It will likely be an uphill battle for the Ivory Coast, meanwhile; the status of its star player, Didier Drogba, is still up in the air.

Where Brazil fans should watch: Beco Bar at 45 Richardson Street, between Lorimer Street and Union Avenue in Brooklyn. It offers traditional Brazilian food, a large screen and $3 beers and $5 caipirinhas.

Where Ivory Coast fans should watch: Les Enfant Terribles at 37 Canal Street. It will be open for every 7:30 a.m. match and offers free sandwiches, special cocktails and a redecorated interior each morning.

 

 

Portugal vs. North Korea

7:30 a.m.

6-21-2010

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The rivalry: Nobody has seen the North Koreans since they arrived in Johannesburg, as they’ve been sequestered in a fortresslike hotel. Although ranked the lowest of all the qualifiers, and also playing in the toughest group, they’ve vowed to surprise the world. This may be tough against the perennial contender Portugal.

Where Portugal fans should watch: Macao Trading Company at 311 Church Street, between Walker and Lispenard streets. It’s ideal for early-morning games, has a 10-by-10-foot screen and offers a “FIFA Special”-Portuguese-style sandwiches and a choice of beer, juice or coffee for just $10.

Where North Korea fans should watch: Song 7.2 at 117 Second Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets, serves up cheap, traditional Korean fare and will be airing all the World Cup games.

 

 

Chile vs. Switzerland

10 a.m.

6-21-2010

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The rivalry: With their scoring power, the Chileans may prove to be the underdogs that go all the way; the Swiss need to play above their heads to make it out of the group.

Where Chile fans should watch: Pomaire at 371 West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, is the only Chilean restaurant in the city, which is in itself a feat. A favorite of expats and theatergoers, this midtown joint will be chock-full on game days with both breakfast and drink specials.

Where Switzerland fans should watch: Mont Blanc restaurant at 315 West 48th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. It won’t boast the largest or loudest crowd, but you’ll be in the company of countrymen dining on some of the best Swiss cuisine in the city.

 

 

Spain vs. Honduras

2:30 p.m.

6-21-2010

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The rivalry: In only its second appearance at the tournament, Honduras will be hard-pressed to score a goal against the confident Spain-a Cup favorite.

Where Spain fans should watch: Boqueria at 53 West 19th Street or 171 Spring Street. The Spanish eateries will be showing every game, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon, they will serve a special “World Cup 2010 Menu,” featuring churros con chocolate.

Where Honduras fans should watch: Nevada Smiths at 74 Third Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. While this isn’t a Honduran home base, the bar is known for its around-the-clock soccer coverage and obscene amount of TVs.

 

 

Mexico vs. Uruguay

10 a.m.

6-22-2010

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The rivalry: Uruguay has star player Diego Forlan, who is a true playmaker, but Mexico’s young and vital roster may prove to be a challenge. This should be an evenly matched game.

Where Mexico fans should watch: Hecho en Dumbo (354 Bowery), a former pop-up operation serving up traditional antojitos, or rustic Mexican small plates, found a permanent home on the Bowery in March. Soccer fans who declare their allegiance at the door will receive a free tequila shot for each goal scored by their favorite team.

Where Uruguay fans should watch: El Chivito D’Oro III at 84-02 37th Avenue in Queens. Catch a match among photographs of Uruguayan street scenes while munching on meats galore from their paradilla dish.

 

 

France vs. South Africa

10 a.m.

6-22-2010

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The rivalry: The French, who finished second to the Italians in the 2006 World Cup, are a rather unpredictable squad and may not make it out of the first round. South Africa has the home-field advantage, but is also going to have trouble getting out of the first round due to a shaky defense.

Where South Africa fans should watch: Madiba Restaurant at 195 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. The traditional South African eatery will turn up its surround sound, unfurl its big-screen projectors and break out its brunch menu, complete with five different Samie options, for the Tuesday morning game. 

Where France fans should watch: Felix Restaurant and Bar at 340 West Broadway. A new World Cup breakfast menu offers French staples like the Croque Madame and Steak et Oeufs beginning at 7:30 a.m.