I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!
April 20th 2015
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! This chant could be heard throughout the nation yesterday as the United States Soccer Team squeaked by the group stages. These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement, disappointment, stress and ease but I hate to say, it will only get worse. With sixteen teams left in a do-or-die scenario, everything is left on the line. We have seen upsets, like Italy and Spain not advancing and some dark horses, like Costa Rica and the United States, making it through.
We have seen tears.
We have seen cheers!
We have seen an amazing spectacle of one of the greatest sports. But what makes it so great is its fan base. It has the most loyalists of fans, the ones who will die bleeding the colors of their country. This should be respected for it is more than just a game to them. The World Cup has brought cultures and differences together. It even has stopped a civil war. This event is not just played on the pitch. It is played in the hearts of the nations. With that being said, I encourage everyone to find their colors, whether it is RED, WHITE and BLUE or something different, it does not matter. It is the one time, every four years, when all countries (whom have qualified) are on an equal playing field and have a chance to prove themselves to the world.
So for our local New Yorkers, who have not had the pleasure of seeing this fantastic spectacle live, or felt the camaraderie or passion behind the sport, please feel free to check out some of the local hot spots below that embrace the true love of the game. Have a pint, cocktail, or a glass of water – just make sure you are supporting the right team before you walk in.
For those who love the light blue and find Messi to be the best player in the history of soccer, go cheer on Argentina at Boca Juniors in Queens. If Argentina and the United States win their first round, they we will find themselves going head-to-head in the next.
For those who want to support the host country and fly the yellow and green, go watch Neymar and the rest of Brazil at the Emporium Brasil in Midtown. They are always a fun team to watch.
If you have any interest in getting a little rowdy, head over to the Reichenbach Hall in Midtown West. Here you will be able to watch Germany’s elite dominate the game in great style.
For you USA fans, check out Jack Dempsey’s in Midtown! Well, any bar these days will be playing the US game, but Jack Dempsey’s is one of the US original soccer bars in the city.
And if you are like me – a great game can be watched anywhere as long as you have good friends, high spirits, and never an empty glass.
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!
By Paul Marshall