The world’s biggest footballing competition, the World Cup, has gripped nations since it began on 14th June. There have been some surprising, shocking, and truly amazing moments throughout, most memorably Germany being knocked out in the group stages by South Korea, and England comfortably getting through to the knock out stages.
The journey has been enjoyed by many around the world, but what has been your highlight so far? Can any game beat the Spain versus Portugal match which has been the most gripping so far, with the match ending in a 3-3 draw?
If you’re watching the World Cup, we at Student Housing Lancaster have researched the best pubs, bars and places to watch these games. Read on to discover the possibilities!
Where are the Best Places to Watch the Games in Lancaster?
We have listed five fantastic choices, each offering cheap food, drinks, really good atmosphere and situated in brilliant locations.
- Hogarths – located at 9 George Street, Hogarths offers over 120 different brands of gin with a plethora of flavours. Perfect for socialising, Hogarths is an ideal bar to enjoy the football.
- Crafty Scholar – the ideal student bar. Craft Scholar has numerous food offers, allowing you to enjoy the football, even when you are on a tight budget. This includes pizza Thursday’s offering 2 for 1 and burger Tuesdays! Located on Church Street, this is a place worth trying.
- Pendle Witch – another pub which offers cheap food and drinks. Located on Penny Street, watch the World Cup matches surrounded by an amazing atmosphere!
- Study Rooms – another located on Church Street, Study Rooms is the perfect location for any student. Offering cheap, delicious food and drinks, in the perfect socialising location, watch the football at this popular bar.
Fancy a Game?
Why not play a football match yourself with a group of your friends, there are a number of places for you to play. Take a look at our top suggestions:
- Lancaster and Morecambe College allows you to hire their football pitches. Organise your own match with your pals and show off your stellar football skills.
- University of Cumbria is another location where you can hire sports facilities. The spacious floodlit artificial turf pitch is a fantastic venue for matches.
- Lancaster University has 6 association football pitches You can book for an hour at a time, with a pay as you play option, too!
As football fans, why not combine your favourite sport and a good cause? On Saturday 14th July, enjoy a pre-season family festival fun day as Lancaster City FC take on Morecambe FC. This fantastic charity event will donate all proceeds to Unique Kidz & Co, a local charity who provide services for disabled children in the area.
10 Fascinating World Cup Facts
To get you into the football spirit take a look at these fun and fascinating facts about the World Cup that you may not have known:
- 2 billion (nearing half of the world’s population) watched the 2014 World Cup.
- There have been 20 World Cups played, with Brazil winning the most with five, yet Italy and Germany both being in close second with four each.
- The World Cup trophy went missing for a week in 1966 as it was stolen prior to the tournament.
- The highest scoring game in a World Cup occurred in 1954 when Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5.
- Mexico have the most World Cup losses with 25.
- The most goals scored by a player in a World Cup match is five by Oleg Salenko of Russia. He achieved this in 1994 when Russia defeated Cameroon 6-1.
- The record for the fastest World Cup goal is held by Hakan Sukur of Turkey, who scored a goal in just 11 seconds against South Korea.
- The fastest red card in World Cup history is held by Uruguayan defender Jose Batista after being sent off against Scotland in just 56 seconds!
- The oldest goal scorer in World Cup history is Roger Milla who was 42 when he scored for Cameroon against Russia in 1994.
- Since the beginning, every World Cup has been won by a coach who has the same nationality as the team they are coaching.
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