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Thursday, October 20, 2005

How to Watch Football


Now, I'm not the sort of person who gets out my stripey scarf of a Saturday and trundles away to the football stadium for some primal screaming. I don't need that outlet of aggression - I travel daily on the tube, for Pete's sake.

But you cannae live in Scotland and England for almost ten years without going a bit native, and so yesterday two Spanish friends and I ventured out to the Sports Cafe to watch Chelsea vs. Real Betis.

"Glory hunters", mutter the true football fans - the ones who in infancy attach themselves to a particular group of under-achieving muppets for purely geographical reasons. Well, that might be so! Still, a wise choice if you are the sort of competitive person who injures people when playing Scrabble.

Even if you're not a die-hard football fan, there are a number of ways of keeping yourself entertained during a football match. One is to play "Look-alikes":

Ruud van Nistelrooy looks like an Ugly Travolta.
Rui Costa looks like a Statue on Easter Island.
Wayne Rooney calls to mind a baby Shrek.
The more fortunate Antonios Nikipolidis resembles George Clooney.
Thierry Henry looks like that guy in the Renault commercial.

More fun and frolics to be had at www.tffo.co.uk.

Some good pubs for football watching:

Swedish games - The Harcourt Arms in Marylbone, mysteriously enough
Portuguese games - Bar Estrela in Stockwell
Dutch games - De Hems off Leicester Square
Italian games - Bar Italia off Tottenham Court Road
Spanish games - Bar Lorca, Stoke Newington
French games - Bar des Magies in Clapham

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