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The Timbers 2008 season will, eventually, come to an end. How will you obtain your off season footy fix? Fittingly, the days will become short and gray and wet . . . just like in England. Every year it becomes a bit easier to catch English, and world, soccer. You need high speed internet and/or expensive cable packages though. Sometimes you want a raucous crowd and strong coffee or a breakfast pint with your Tyne-Wear Derby. If you can’t manage that at home, try these places:
Horse Brass Pub (4534 SE Belmont) – Smokey, greasy, and a really crappy, albeit large, TV. But for atmosphere, this is the best place to catch a match Saturday or Sunday morning. They don’t show every match, however, and the coffee sucks. Luckily you can get a breakfast pint. (EPL matches start this weekend, but the Horse Brass hasn’t updated the soccer schedule yet – as of 8/12/08. My guess is they’ll show whatever is broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel.)
Kells Irish Pub (112 SW 2nd) – They used to just open early on weekends for particularly big matches, but last year they started serving a full breakfast menu and opening every (I think) weekend morning for English (and Scottish sometimes too) soccer. Very accommodating to special requests, which is sometimes necessary for those of us who are not Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, or Man U fan. They have all the cable bells and whistles, so if the match is broadcast, or rebroadcast, they can probably show it. Check here for broadcast updates.
Marathon Taverna (1735 W Burnside) – Opens 7am every day. Full bar and a full, greasy, food menu. Cavernous place with TVs hanging from the walls and ceilings throughout. And they, like Kells, seem to have all the channels.
Any one out there have other suggestions?
How about places to catch Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, or French soccer?