Football fever: Euro 2016 & Copa América
Two international football championships are happening simultaneously. In addition to Euro 2016, another football championship has been taking shape across the globe. The Copa América Centenario began on June 3 and will have its final match on June 26. What started with six teams from North America and 12 from South America, has now been whittled down to four remaining teams in the semifinals. Host nation, the United States, will face off against Argentina, who has been favored to win the cup. The winner of the match will go on to face the winner of Chile vs. Columbia. If you’d like to root for the U.S. team, you may need a little extra dose of caffeine. Match time is 3 a.m. on June 22 and will be aired on German cable.
However, if you’d like to catch your normal amount of sleep, root for your favorite European team in the Euro 2016, which is currently winding down the group stages. Teams will move into the knockouts rounds—the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final, which will be held on July 10 at the Stade de France in Paris.
Germany’s next match will be against Northern Ireland on June 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. If you want to take in a match, but can’t quite make it to France, or you’re not quite sure you want to spend an evening with 80,000 of your newest friends, check out some local viewing parties in the KMC area. Many of these viewings and specials will take place throughout the month. If you do partake, please be sure to have a designated driver, use public transportation, grab a taxi or call AADD (0631 536-2233) as a last resort.
Rockers @ Woodlawn
Bldg. 553, Ramstein AB
Located at the beautiful Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein, Rockers is offering a Euro 2016 special that runs the duration of the tournament. For $7, choose between a draft beer or non-alcoholic beverage and 10 wings. All games will be shown, and hours will be extended to late night matches.
Oscar’s Irish Bar and Grill
Kaiserstrasse 42, Landstuhl
With cold beer on tap and mouthwatering Irish/English fare, Oscar’s is a great spot to take in a match. For Euro 2016, they are running a competition to see who can guess the final two teams and the final score for the cup. The prize is a one-of-a-kind soccer themed grill. Be sure to get there early, as seats fill up.
Blarney Stone Irish Pub
Am Alten Markt 13, Landstuhl
Enjoy a pint and delicious Irish specialties, such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. During Euro 2016, there will be drink specials going on throughout the matches. They will be showing the live matches at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Haus des Bürgers
Am Neuen Markt 4, Ramstein
A large venue, Haus des Bürgers in Ramstein makes an optimal public viewing party location. Enter for a chance to win an Adidas jersey of one of the German team members! Admission is free and doors will open one hour before the match begins.
Other viewing locations in the KMC area:
Steinstraße 27, Kaiserslautern
The Snug Irish Pub
Steinstraße 19, Kaiserslautern
0631 7500 5060
Moloney’s Irish Pub
Steinstraße 29, Kaiserslautern
0631 3039 8294