World Cup In Hong Kong, Part 1

Posted in Football at 10:27 pm by Nicole

How is the World Cup playing in Hong Kong? Quite well, if the scene earlier this evening in the SoHo bar district had anything to do with it. Huge inflatable soccer balls with the adidas and FIFA World Cup logos hang over the streets, as do scores of Carlsberg beer adverts, some adorned with the English flag (the white one with the red cross that I never knew existed until this year’s World Cup…not the Union Jack of Great Britain). Every bar with a television is tuned to the World Cup, and one bar is advertising cheap drinks and eats for both the 10:00 p.m. (China time) Portugal-Mexico game, as well as the 3 a.m. Netherlands-Argentina game (or was it the Ivory Coast-Serbia and Montenegro game…). Beers at 3 a.m. on a Thursday morning in SoHo in Hong Kong for anyone interested…Now just imagine what life is like in a country with an actual team playing. Mine, for instance. The U.S. plays Ghana tomorrow night in a must-win match at the relatively kind hour of 10:00 p.m. China time (4 p.m. in Germany) and I’ll be interested to see how many American fans (and fans of the American team) show up in HK to cheer on their team.

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