As the most viewed sport in the world gets ready to kick off, soccer fans from all over will be racing to televisions to watch their favorite teams play. That’s right – the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup is back.
Hosted in South Africa, the 2010 World Cup is like a world away for most of us. But here in New Jersey we have the next best thing, a wide variety of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, that makes it seem like the event is hosted right in our own backyards. In northern New Jersey especially, as cities such as Paterson, Newark, Jersey City, and Passaic, are heavily populated with a wide variety of fans that originate from all over the world.
One great example is the city of Paterson, which has several, heavily populated neighborhoods of ethnic backgrounds. Neighborhoods that consist of people from all over the world, including countries like Turkey, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina, which have all qualified for the 2010 World Cup. The different ethnic backgrounds makes it a very interesting and entertaining event here, it gives you a wide variety of fans and different locations to view the events. Living here is like having a front row seat to this main event. For example, if Turkey is playing, walk into one of the many Turkish coffee shops, it’s like you’re standing on the Turkey’s national team’s sideline. The same goes for Italy, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Germany, and Argentina. Just walk into one of those ethnic bars or restaurants and it’s like you just took a first-class flight to the event. The added benefit, is you get the chance to taste some of their countries ethnic foods or beverages, at the same time.
But it doesn’t stop there, wait till after the game and see what kind of celebrations is put on. Each and every game is treated like the championship, as fans drive up and down the city’s main strips, blowing their horns and waiving their countries flags and banners. It becomes a huge celebration parade, as vehicles full of cheering fans, continue to join the convoy. It is a beautiful thing, to have the opportunity to see people of different nationalities, supporting their teams and celebrating.
So the next time, that you want to get as close to the World Cup action as you can without actually being there, come visit one of northern New Jersey’s sports bars, restaurants, or lounges. It is a great opportunity to take part in an event that the whole world is watching and you will feel like your right in the middle of it all.
Here are a few top places in northern New Jersey to watch the 2010 World Cup.
The Arena Lounge
218 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102
One of the Hottest Sports Bars in NJ, providing a first-class sports environment.
159 First Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
New Jersey’s Headquarters for English Soccer.
Plank Road Inn
1538 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094
The largest area’s sports coverage on 40 TV’s.
O’Donoghues on First
205 First Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-3540
One of the best soccer sports bars in the state.
Now all you need is your soccer jersey and you too can join in on the World Cup action.