Sunday’s USA-Portugal World Cup game is most viewed soccer game on TV ever

worldcup2014logoThe 18.2 million viewers surpassed the previous high of 17.97 million set by the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China, ESPN and Univision announced today.

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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World Cup Watch: Where the American Outlaws Southern California chapters are viewing today’s U.S.- Portugal game

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Three more Southern California World Cup Viewing Parties Scheduled: Mexico-Croatia Monday in Lynwood, U.S.-Germany Thursday in Hermosa Beach and the World Cup final July 13 in Wilmington


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.

Finally, the Port of Los Angeles will host a viewing party in Wilmington for the World Cup final July 13.

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World Cup Friday: Switzerland-France Viewing Party On the Waterfront in Venice, Italy holds key to England’s slim hope of advancing


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.

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Watch tonight on PBS: “American Pharaoh” documentary on former U.S. Egyptian National Team coach Bob Bradley

BrableyegyptThe 60-minute documentary premieres tonight at 10 p.m. (time may vary; check local listings).

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:

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