Never mind today’s Luis Suarez biting scandal: HBO reports nearly 400 European soccer games are under investigation for match fixing.
The 9.6 million households who watched makes it the highest-rated men’s soccer game ever on television, beating the 9.5 million households that watched the 1994 World Cup final.
(The rating for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final: 11.4 households).
ESPN Ratings in Los Angeles for all 2014 World Cup games are 3.7, fifth-highest in the nation.
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Meanwhile, following on the success of the turnout for the U.S.-Ghana viewing party in Hermosa Beach, the Galaxy will host a second one for the 9 a.m. Thursday U.S.-Germany group game also at Pier Plaza in the South Bay city.
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The weather is heating up in Brazil along with the tournament as the English rely on the Italians if they have any hope of avoiding an early flight home.
It’s a big game for the Swiss and French, too, as two teams that notched wins in their opening group games try to nab another and avoid Lionel Messi and Argentina in the next round.
I’ll be in Venice for a World Cup viewing party at the Swiss-owned On the Waterfront Cafe, so join me there at midday.
The most comprehensive guide to World Cup viewing locations is here and will be updated for Sunday’s massive U.S.-Portugal game so if you have any place we missed let us know.
For five venues showing every game, click here.
Via PBS: This documentary about the Egyptian National Football Team, their American coach, Bob Bradley, and the team’s quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil follows the team on and off the pitch, and offers a unique window into events unfolding in Egypt following the historic revolution. Bradley arrived in Cairo in late 2011 and found a country and a team in chaos. The rebuilding of the team offers a powerful metaphor for the rebuilding of Egypt and the country’s journey toward democracy.
Watch the trailer: