St. Louis football fans cheer on their teams during the World Cup

Football fans are known to flock to the Amsterdam Tavern in the early hours to catch the latest news fútbol Game – today is no different and marks the final celebration for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

This year’s World Cup is unique compared to previous years after the tournament was postponed to November and December this year. after concerns about excessive heat in Qatar during the traditional June and July window.

World Cup fans in St. Louis are looking forward to lively mornings and unusual seasons to catch the latest action on the field – even with a time difference of 9 hours.

Frederik Houben from Lafayette Square wears a Germany jersey and is holding a frosty Bitburger beer – a pilsner from the German city of Bitburg. He said that waking up before dawn for the 7am kick-off against Japan was a breeze.

“The World Cup is special, so you have to celebrate it,” Houben said, adding that due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, he’s taking a day off from his job as sales and marketing director at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, a Germany game is not to be missed. “If there’s a game at 7 a.m., you have to drink a few beers first.”


Brian Munoz


Public Radio St. Louis

Nathan Fortenberry, 34, of Arnold, is one of dozens of Germany fans in the St. Louis area cheering for the team outside the Amsterdam Tavern on Wednesday for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Japan shocked the world by upsetting Germany with a nail-in-the-coffin second goal in the 83rd minute of play on Wednesday morning, ending the game in a 2-1 final. This is the second major upset at the World Cup after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1 on Monday.

Despite the World Cup draw, the host country of the tournament was Qatar embroiled in controversy and his successful bid for the sports spectacle, United States officials say, was born by bribery.

In addition, the country is also under criticism alleged human rights violations and Ban the sale of beer in its stadiums just a few days before the official kick-off. The ban Confusion in the ranks of St. Louis-based Budweiser with the brand’s official Twitter posting: “Well, that’s awkward” in response. The tweet was later deleted.

Billy Holley, general manager of the Amsterdam Tavern, said that a large turnout at the South St. Louis bar to see the World Cup every four years is not surprising, especially when two native St. Louis natives in the U.S. men -Play national team – forward Josh Sargent and centre-back Tim Ream.

“It’s really, really exciting to have local interest in a national team [and] be represented by two players from the area,” he said. “It just adds a whole different level of excitement.”

Sargent and Ream attended St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Missouri and both later went to play professionally in England. Ream most recently with Fulham FC in the Premier League and Sargent with Norwich City in the EFL Championship League.

Football fans in St. Louis continue to ride the craze Opening game last week in CityPark — Home of St. Louis City SC The stadium will host both the international tournament and the spectator parties in their brewpub and further the big screen in their ULTRA Club.

Holley said the tournament will bring out people who don’t normally follow the day-to-day life of football. “It’s a world party that only happens every four years,” he said. “You’ll see people coming out for it that you don’t normally see.”

Football fans who want to watch one of the World Cup games at 4 a.m. with a pint of beer will have bad luck, because Bars in Missouri have to close at 1:30 am., and sometimes at 3 a.m. They are also not allowed to sell alcohol until 6 a.m. again

The United States meets England on Friday at 1 p.m. Holley said they expect more than 1,000 people to come to the game and have secured a permit to close the road. “If you want to come in here and sit down – the sooner the better,” he said. “Can’t stress it enough.”


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