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World Cup Fever Sweeps Local Establishments

By Ian Lovett, 6/17/2010

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup has focused millions of people’s attention all over the globe on South Africa, where the tournament is being held.

Dozens of people gathered at the Village Idiot on Melrose Avenue last Saturday for the World Cup action. (photo by Ian Lovett)

Dozens of people gathered at the Village Idiot on Melrose Avenue last Saturday for the World Cup action. (photo by Ian Lovett)

On Saturday, Angelenos gathered at bars all over the city to watch the United States take on England in their first match of the tournament. The Americans came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against England — a good result for the U.S.

Next, the United States will take on Slovenia on Friday, June 18 at 7:00am. The U.S. team’s final group stage game will be Wednesday, June 23, also at 7:00am. If they continue to play well, the U.S. will have a good chance of advancing to the knock-out rounds.

Many bars, like the EB’s and Bar 326 at the Original Farmers Market, and the Village Idiot on Melrose Avenue, will open early for the games, offering a venue for fellow fans to cheer on their countries. The World Cup continues through July 11. For game schedules and information, visit www.fifa.com.

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