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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/ 7/2006

World in Motion

By Fritz Hahn

France vs. Italy: It's just like 2000 all over again. With Sunday's World Cup final on the line, here are some hints about where each country's fans will be watching the game. If you're joining a loud-and-proud contingent for a game-watching party, let us know by adding your comments.

For Azzuri: A call to the embassy's Italian Cultural Center suggested that fans wishing to view the game should head for
Sette Osteria on Connecticut Avenue, where the game will be on big-screen televisions and the Italian wine will be flowing. It's a small place, though, so arrive early for lunch and linger with a bottle of Chianti.

For Les Bleus: The Alliance Francaise has done a great job of showing games throughout the tournament. I watched the quarter-final against Brazil at the Kalorama row house, and enjoyed the huge projection screen, the small bar stocked with Belgian beers ($3 for a small plastic cup), Normandy cider and French wines and champagnes. At halftime, everyone got free Grand Marnier crepes from the Woodley Park restaurant Petits Plats. Unfortunately, there's a $10 cover charge for non-members for this game, though that includes a free drink and snacks. If you go, arrive early for the best choice of seats, which are arranged theater-style in the cultural center's library.

UPDATE: As of Friday afternoon, the Alliance Francaise reports that there are no tickets remaining for Sunday's match.

Also, the new-ish Dupont restaurant Le Pigalle is showing the match on a huge projection screen as well as a 50-inch plasma screen. The Kronenbourg is $6 a bottle here, so something from the (mostly) reasonable wine is probably a better option.

For Neutrals: We still like the atmosphere at Lucky Bar, Kitty O'Shea's, the Pour House and Summers, but if the sun is shining, consider a trip over to Elephant and Castle downtown; the English-style pub put flat-screen televisions on its patio.

By Fritz Hahn  | July 7, 2006; 12:00 PM ET
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How about something a little more family-friendly? I want to bring my 9-year-old, a huge soccer fan, but most of the places you listed are either off-limits, or at the least, inappropriate.

Posted by: Daniel | July 7, 2006 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Not necessarily. I've seen children at Summers and Elephant and Castle in the last few weeks, and there were kids at the AF last weekend.

The best bet might be the Goethe Institut, which has a foosball table and soccer-themed art exhibitions in addition to the game on large screens.

Posted by: Fritz | July 7, 2006 11:58 AM | Report abuse

And .........for the afta-party in the likely (praying) event that France wins, head to Cafe Citron !! I know, I know, unusual spot for a french party, but if the party that ensued after France's last victory is any indication of the debauchery to come if France wins the whole cup, the roof might be coming down!! ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!

Posted by: Pats | July 7, 2006 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I did not see the final in the list of game shown by the Goethe Institut...

Posted by: Franck | July 7, 2006 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Just Called and teh Goethe Institute is showing the final (opening doors at 2:30pm)

Posted by: Franck | July 7, 2006 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Game starts at 1:30 so hopefully the Goethe institute opens doors a bit earlier than that.

Posted by: Chris | July 8, 2006 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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