Soccer fans ready to sweat out final 

There won’t be any “U-S-A” chanting, but there are several watering holes still stocking up for Sunday’s World Cup showdown between Spain and the Netherlands.

The winner will be the eighth country engraved at the bottom of the FIFA World Cup trophy after what soccer aficionados are expecting to be an aggressive 90 minutes of clashing cleats.

“It’s going to be crazy and it’s going to be packed,” said bartender Monique Pelletier of the popular Kezar Pub on Stanyan Street. “We get a big Spain crew and a big Dutch crew, so we try to stay pretty unbiased, but I like Spain because I like Latin men.”

And the spokeswoman for the Spanish Cultural Center, which has booked more than 200 reservations for the major event Sunday, said they never thought Spain would get so far.

“We only have two televisions and one of them isn’t that big,” Norma Perez said. “It’s going to be a lot of people crowded around one TV.”

The winning nation will be a first-time champion, the first such occurrance since France found its way onto the famed soccer trophy by winning its first title in Paris in 1998.

Where to watch the World Cup final in SF

Game starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Consulate General of Spain’s recommendation

Spanish Cultural Center
2850 Alemany Blvd.
Cost: $33

Embassy of Netherlands’ recommendation

Civic Center Plaza
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Mercury Lounge (after game)
1582 Folsom St.

Popular soccer bars


Kezar Pub
770 Stanyan St.

Public House
24 Willie Mays Plaza

Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight St.

Danny Coyle’s
668 Haight St.

Columbus Cafe
562 Green St.

Maggie McGarrys
1353 Grant St.

Chieftain Irish Pub
189 Fifth St.

El Farollito Bar
2777 Mission St.

500 Club
500 Guerrero St.

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