FIFA World Cup – How North Carolina Cheered for Germany and the USA

Written by Katharina Wilke

On June 26, 2014 hundreds of Germans and Americans gathered at the GACC South events in Charlotte and Raleigh to mingle into Thursday’s nail-biting World Cup match between USA and Germany.

Enthusiastic soccer fans crowded at Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom in Raleigh

Enthusiastic soccer fans crowded at Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom in Raleigh

More than 200 people enjoyed the game with brats, sauerkraut and beer at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte. The OMB, a popular spot for watching the FIFA World Cup, installed an 8-foot high-definition projector screen in Charlotte’s oldest microbrewery.

Fans gathering at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte

Fans gathering at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte

170 miles further northeast, about 500 enthusiastic soccer fans crowded at Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom in Raleigh to watch the match. The sports bar on the edge of the state capitol complex attracted a mix of civil servants, faculty from N.C. State University and guests of the GACC South.

While soccer is the most popular sport for Germans, we were happy to see a lot of Americans who caught on to the World Cup fever.

In the end, everyone was happy. Even though the USA lost 1-0, they advanced to the next round, together with Germany.

See you in the finals!

Go, Germany! Go, USA!

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