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The Beautiful Game, also known as football

The grand sporting spectacle known as the World Cup is due to start in Qatar in the next few days and of course set to dominate our lives for the next few weeks. So here at Nativ we’ve put together a roundup of where to catch the games and cheer on your national team around the island.
Michael Wilson

The World Cup brings with it the beauty and glamour of football, the best teams and the best players from all around the globe, competing against each other to be crowned the best team in the world. Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, England, Italy have all won it in the past, surprising Holland hold the record for the team to play the most finals without ever winning the cup, maybe this is their year? If football is your thing and you want to revel in the exciting atmosphere that the world cup brings check out our listing of the best spots to catch your favourite teams.

First up nearly every local bar, café will be showing the Spanish games, however for that true “fanzone” feeling get yourself over to Mar y Sol in the port in Ibiza to bathe in the atmosphere of what will be no doubt a charged up passionate affair as the La Furia Roja, as they are more commonly known by Spanish fan’s, start their charge on hopefully another successful campaign and bring the cup home to Spain.

Move into the middle of the island and pitch your tent at Chickeria, this is going to be the Dutch strong hold, DJs, music and good food to accompany the splendour of the games. There will be a right party atmosphere here with groups of fans and friends all meeting up to cheer on the Oranje, if they do manage to finally win it talk about painting the town red more like orange!

Argentina have been a delight to watch over the years with their skilful style of football, for some weekend footy action Social Point is the place to head to for some South American flair, like their football expect good times at this favourite eatery and hangout.

Brazil are the firm favourites this year, the “Seleção” or “Canarihno” are a force to be reckoned with bringing the beauty of ‘Samba football’ to the world, sublime trickery and out of the world skills, to watch them play when they are at their best is like watching a well-choreographed dance routine. No doubt there will be dancing and drumbeats when these guys kick off and there will be just that at Opablo Caffe where they will be serving up typical Brazilian snacks like pão de queijo, coxinha, and risoles…

The Beautiful Game, also known as football
The Spanish soccer team will debut on Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. at the Al Thumama stadium in Doha

England, well were else but San Antonio the stronghold of the English, Plastik will be a favourite destination for all the family open from 2pm until late, with food, music, family games all part of the pre and post-match activities to entertain the fans as the Three Lions start their bid to lift the cup again, it was done in 1966 and they’ve come close on a few occasions, is 2022 the year when they finally do it again?

Of course, there would be a big contingency of Italian fans routing for the Italian national team if they had made it into the World Cup and Bella Napoli would have been the place to be, to cheer on the Azzurri. Next time, maybe will be Italy’s time to shine, we’ll see in another four years.

And there you have it, there will be quite a few places showing the games around the island during this World Cup month whilst we get to enjoy the last of the winter sun before we bed down to another wonderfully tranquil Ibiza winter.  


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