Going local with World Cup fans in London
comment 1 Written by on June 13, 2010 – 8:47 pm


France fans during the Uruguay game. Copyright Simon Way

Two friends of mine in London have embarked on a fantastic project to document every World Cup game from the perspective of the nation’s fans. Photographer Simon Way and writer Angela Balakrishnan will be hanging out in Greek tavernas, American diners, Argentine steakhouses and who-knows-where-else across the capital for the next month and they’ll be blogging it all.

They have only posted three days’ coverage so far, but I’m loving it already. Their first stops have already included Olympus Fish Bar in Palmers Green (Greece v South Korea) and Aso Rock, a Nigerian pub in Hoxton (Nigeria v Argentina).  A Nigerian pub? Yes, apparently so. It’s part of a small family-run chain with additional branches in Dalston and Brixton. What a brilliant example of how multicultural London is.

If you can’t get to South Africa for the World Cup, London is surely an excellent second choice as you know you’ll find a lively community for every country taking part. I’m intrigued to see where Simon and Ange will end up for matches featuring the likes of Honduras, Serbia and the Ivory Coast.

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