Imagine a month-long, worldwide celebration right here in Delft with crazy orange outfits, screaming crowds, overflowing patriotism and lots and lots of beer. That’s right. It’s time for FIFA 2014.
As football teams from thirty-two countries get ready to fight for the world cup, pubs, clubs and fans around the world are gearing up for intense action from June 12 to July 13. Hosted by Brazil this year, time difference means there several late night matches. Don’t worry though; some bars in Delft will even be screening those. Even if you’re not a die-hard football fan and have no idea that the Netherlands lost a bloody (really bloody) final to Spain in 2010, you won’t be able to escape the mania. Our suggestion is to pick a team, buy a jersey and jump in. Here are some of the venues in town where you can do just that.
Sports en Cultuur, TU Delft
If you want to follow FIFA 2014 with a big crowd of screaming fans, just head to the Sports and Culture centre. They’ve got a whole lot of fun activities being planned. They’re even bringing you a slice of the host country. “We’ll try and create a Copacabana corner, an area where you can chill, get a drink and a meal with a live DJ playing on some nights,” said Remco van der Velden of the Events Department of Sports en Cultuur. While they’re still planning the details, there are likely to be on-site games, workshops and maybe even a quiz or two. “During the previous World Cup, on a night when Holland was playing there were about 700 people here, when other countries play it goes up to about 200,” added Van Der Velden.
Address: Mekelweg 8, 2628 CD Delft
Sportsbar The Score
The Score has a huge videowall and nine 42-inch screens across the venue. “We will broadcast all the FIFA World Cup matches. Entry is free and the bar is open to everyone. We may charge a little bit for the best seats in front of the live videowall,” says Sybrinne Straver, the marketing coordinator for the sports bar. The bar has a number of specials (including beer buckets and all you can eat spare ribs on certain days) and a small beer will cost you €1.90.
Address: Doelenplein 7 2611 BP Delft
Biercafé ’t Proeflokaal
While this particular pub is synonymous with darts and quizzes, it’s also a favourite venue for locals looking to watch football. Every major tournament is screened here and the venue has multiple screens for simultaneous matches. “Since 1997 we have been showing the World Cup and European games live on multiple screens,” says Edwin van Schijndel, the owner, adding, “We will remain open for the late kick-offs.” If you’re planning to head here you might want to brush up on your football trivia. On the last Thursday of every month, the pub hosts a pub quiz; the one in June will be football themed.
Address: Gasthuislaan 36-38, 2611 RB Delft
World Cup Playlist
The Official Song for 2014 is called ‘We Are One (Ole Ola)’ which was recorded by American rapper Pitbull. It will be sung by him, Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitter at the opening ceremony on Sao Paolo on June 12.
The Official Anthem for the event is called ‘Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)’ and features Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean. Both songs are part of the World Cup Album, which has several songs, including Ricky Martin’s ‘Vida’.
To get into the Oranje spirit, be sure to listen to ‘Hup Holland Hup’, a Dutch football song written in 1950. Local fans say it’s something you’ll need to chant every time the Dutch team is on. Another song you might hear a lot is ‘Viva Hollandia’ by Wolter Kroes and 2008 Euro Cup song.
First published as part of the Survival Guide series for TU Delta. Read it here: http://www.delta.tudelft.nl/article/surviving-fifa-2014/28339