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On the ball: Where to watch World’s Cup football

It’s on: Fans of English football league cheer during a match screening at Banter in Williamsburg, which will show all of the World Cup games from June 14 to July 15.
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The world’s biggest game is back!

The month-long competitive football tournament known as the World Cup will start with a match between Russian and Saudi Arabia, at 11 am on June 14. The United States Men’s National Team may not have qualified for the international soccer competition this year, but there will still be plenty of nail-biting action to watch — especially if you are a fan of a foreign team or player.

The games will take place in Moscow, and the time difference means that most of the matches will happen in the early morning or afternoon here in Brooklyn. But several local bars will open their doors early, so that lovers of the sport can enjoy a beer and an 8 am game. Here are few places where you can watch:

Classic match

At football beer bar Banter, which shows premier league and other European football clubs weekly, owner Chris Keller says he will screen all the World Cup matches. A German national, he says the bar is more than ready for the World Cup, and that watch parties are the best way to experience the international event.

“You can always watch it at home but it’s more amplified, and it’s definitely a nicer feeling to enjoy it with others,” said Keller.

To commemorate the games, the saloon will offer some food options based on the countries play that day, serving pirogies when Poland plays, and bratwursts when Germany is up, he said.

Banter [132 Havemeyer St. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5200, www.banterbrooklyn.com].

One game, two spots

Black Forest Brooklyn’s two locations, in Carroll Gardens and in Fort Greene, will each show all of the World Cup games on their 13-foot projection screens. Most visitors to the German beer halls will rooting for Team Germany, but fans of all teams are welcome.

Black Forest Brooklyn, Fort Greene [733 Fulton St. between S. Elliot Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 935–0300, www.blackforestbrooklyn.com].

Black Forest Brooklyn Smith Street [181 Smith St. between Warren and Wyckoff streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 522–1806].

Beer and soccer

In Prospect Heights, the football-focused bar Woodwork also plans to show the matches of the World Cup. The spot, which describes itself as “Brooklyn’s Finest Soccer Pub,” shows European soccer tournaments year-round, and will open early for the World Cup games. It also offers happy hour specials from 4 pm to 7 pm on weekdays, though that is too late for most matches.

Woodwork [583 Vanderbilt Ave. between Dean and Pacific streets in Prospect Heights, (718) 857–5777, www.woodworkbk.com].

Central cheering

Fans of Central American and Caribbean players should head to Michelle’s Cocktail Lounge, which will show all of the World Cup games featuring the Panama and Costa Rica teams. Panama’s win against Costa Rica in the qualifiers helped seal Team USA’s fate, and another match-up between the two teams is highly anticipated. The lounge serves different traditional Panamanian food and appetizers daily.

Michelle’s Cocktail Lounge [2294 Bedford Ave. at Albemarle Road in Flatbush, (718) 284–1185].

Final countdown

Settle down on the artificial turf of Dumbo’s Sands Street Plaza to watch the first few matches of the World Cup on an 80-inch screen. The outdoor showings will last from June 14 to July 6.

Sands Street Plaza (73 Sands St. at Pearl Street in Dumbo, dumbo.is/screening-the-world-cup). Free.

Then catch the last few games of the World’s Cup in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge! A screen there will show the semifinal games on July 10 and 11 at 2 pm, and the final match on July 15 at 11 am. You can bring chairs and blankets, and grab food from vendors along the Archway.

Manhattan Bridge Archway [Water Street between Anchorage Place and Adams Street in Dumbo, dumbo.is/screening-the-world-cup]. Free.

Gear and cheer

The Flatbush Caton market is your go-to place to buy a jersey for your team. Vendors at the marketplace will sell team Panama-related products and flags, and fans of the Nigerian team can find the team’s jerseys on sale. The outdoor market will also screen each of the World Cup games.

Flatbush Caton Market [2184 Clarendon Rd. between Flatbush Avenue and E. 23rd Street in Flatbush, www.flatbushcatonmarket.com].

Showtime at the metro

Daily showings of the World Cup are playing on a large screen at MetroTech plaza’s courtyard. The seated outdoor showing will show every game of the tournament for soccer fans and passers-by

MetroTech Commons [Myrtle Ave. between Lawrence and Bridge streets in Brooklyn Heights, www.downtownbrooklyn.com]. Free.

Como L’Italia

Like Team USA, the Italian men’s team is not playing in the 2018 World Cup. But you can watch the tournament Italian style at the Fortina eatery, which will be showing all the matches. You can grab some early morning eats and drinks, which include $5 draft beer or house wine, and $7 bacon, egg and cheese sandwich before 11 am. For lunch, the menu features $10 pizza or baked ziti, and $5 beer and wine.

Fortina [445 Albee Sq. between Willoughby and Fulton streets in Brooklyn Heights, (917) 947-9399, www.fortinapizza.com].

Weekend gaming

If you cannot watch the weekday matches, several Brooklyn venues will be screening only the World Cup’s weekend games. Nitehawk Theater is going to show all 11 am and 2 pm games at its downstairs bar.

Nitehawk Theater [136 Metropolitan Ave between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.nitehawkcinema.com, (718) 782-8370].

You can also catch the tournament at the Basque eatery and brewery Brooklyn Cider House. Food options include $1 wings, and cuisine and beverages from countries in the sporting event — Korean, Mexican, and Spanish.

Brooklyn Cider House [1100 Flushing Ave. at Varick Avenue in Bushwick, (347) 295-0308, www.brooklynciderhouse.com].

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Posted 12:00 am, June 22, 2018
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