In the face of all available evidence, I am – like no doubt many thousands of people around the country – falling once again for World Cup optimism.
Here’s how my thinking goes: “Well, let’s see now … if the Socceroos can sneak a win against the Netherlands – another country with a young, inexperienced team … and if, somehow, they can sneak a draw against either Spain or Chile … well, who knows?”
It’s completely ridiculous, of course.
But I can’t help myself.
Actually, considering the utterly odious nature of both FIFA and a lot of what is going on in Brazil, the best result for Australia may well be three straight losses, homeward bound and bring on the Asian Cup.
In the meantime, though, there is much football to be watched.
So far, I have found three different venues offering a more social way than a living room sofa to take enjoy the spectacle.
Anyone know of any others?
Just how the playing times will work with this late-night joint, I do not know.
Check out their Facebook page for updates.
2. Village Cinemas, Sunshine.
As far as I am aware, this is only for the Socceroos’ opening game against Chile on Saturday, June 14.
Doors open 7.15 am, kick-off at 8am. Entry is free
This sounds pretty cool!
More information here.
3. Mozzarella Bar
Seddon’s new Italian establishment is throwing parties for Australia v Chile and Italy v England on Sunday, June 15.
The cost is $40 a head.
Food: Yes – “Unlimited Pizzas & Drinks”.
Bookings: 9687 0097
4. Hyde Street Hotel
Yarraville’s newest foodie pub is opening it’s doors from 7.30am for the Soccerooes-Chile game for an 8am kick-off. As far as I can tell from their FB page, admission is free though table bookings can be made.
The cost: Free
Food: Yes – “$7.50 Egg & Bacon rolls!“
Table bookings: 6892163