Are You Ready For Some Football?

No, not that kind.

The kind everyone else watches.

The Chron has a story about what strikes me as the very American practice of rooting for teams other than – or at least along with – our own – growing up with an Italian grandmother and a Croatian best friend, Italy and Croatia games were never missed.

There’s also a list of bars where you can catch live World Cup action:

Absolute Addiction, 1581 Webster St., June 12, June 17-18 and June 22, at the Kinokuniya building of the Japantown Mall in San Francisco. Live public screenings, international booths and cultural performances. Supported by the Consulate General of Japan and the Japantown Merchants Association. For more information, go to

The Chieftain Irish Pub, 198 Fifth St, San Francisco, (415) 615-0916. Will show all games live.

Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush St., San Francisco, (415) 263-8760. Will open doors at 8:45 a.m. for 9 a.m. games. Big screen.

Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan St., San Francisco, (415) 386-9292. Will show all games live and repeat them at 5 p.m.

Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight St., San Francisco, (415) 626-7279. Will show all games live and repeat them at 5 p.m.

Made in Brazil Plus, 4820 Bissell Ave., Richmond, June 17. Brazilian dancing, live music, and rebroadcast soccer matches at 8 p.m. Contact the Bay Area Brazilian Club, (415) 334-0106.

The Rose & the Crown English Food, 547 Emerson St, Palo Alto. Will show all games live. (650) 327-7673.

Santo Cristo Hall, 41 Oak Ave., South San Francisco, June 13, 18 and 22. Brazilian food, music and 9 a.m. World Cup screenings. Contact the Bay Area Brazilian Club, (415) 334-0106.

South Beach Cafe, 800 Embarcadero, San Francisco, (415) 974-1115. Will open at 5:30 a.m. on early game days. Popular with Brazilians.

South Korean Consulate, 3500 Clay St, San Francisco, (415) 921-2251. Will broadcast games on a wide-screen television in its lobby during its business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Props to the South Korean Consulate for getting into the act. Pretty fun-loving diplomats they’ve got there. I also noticed that best-ever-named Mucky Duck, here in the Inner Sunset (9th Ave just south of Irving) is advertising live games on an HDTV flatscreen.

Game on!

2 Comments so far

  1. Khalil A. (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 3:12 am

    No, not that kind.

    The kind everyone else watches.

    You know I wonder why that kind of football that americans watch got tagged with the name “football” in the first place. I mean, football is only kicking a ball through goal posts with one’s foot!

    Hehe, I guess I’ll never understand you americans!

  2. Torleiv (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    The secret tip to watch World Cup games is the Hotel Utah on 4th and Briant. Large screen projector on the stage, plenty of seating, both on the lower and upper deck with unobstructed views of the action, along with breakfast and drink specials from around the world make this the ideal place for those of us who are fed up with the madness in the ridiculously overcrowded British pubs. Don’t spread the word too much.

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