Durham News: Sports

June 17, 2014

All eyes turning to World Cup

Fans pack into local pubs and sports bars to watch the World Cup match between two of soccer’s most storied programs.

Television in Durham watering holes is usually quite predictable.

October through April, it’s basketball and more basketball. Autumn? College football, plus NFL football on Sundays and Monday nights. April to October sees plenty of baseball. In between, there might be a NASCAR race or two. Maybe some golf.

This month, soccer rules.

Last Saturday night, TVs at most Durham bars and pubs were tuned to the World Cup match between England and Italy. Though the two perennial powers have meet many times, including a quarterfinal win by taly in the 2012 European Championships, Saturday’s match was just the second between them in the World Cup. Italy won 2-1, giving England a near-mortal blow in Group D.

Bars were just as busy Monday – maybe busier – for the USA’s 2-1 win versus Ghana.

Eight groups of four will continue to fight in Brazil down to 16 spots in the elimination round.

The tournament culminates with finals on July 13.

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