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Where To Watch The 2014 World Cup In New Orleans

The World Cup is upon us! In the next month 32 different countries will vie to be the soccer champion of the world. Here’s a few things to know.

See the full schedule of games airing at Finn McCool's, a noted hotspot for World Cup watchers here in New Orleans.

There are some cool apps you can download to follow scores on your phone. 




Listen here for some additional thoughts and tips on where to watch and experience the World Cup here in New Orleans.

As your local public service media, we took the time to create a one-of-a-kind map that lists places to not only watch games around New Orleans, but to watch at establishments and with people who represent the countries in the tournament. Enjoy! And let us know in the comment section if you know of any other local gems to watch at. We'd love to know.

Credit Jesse Hardman
Mexico vs France at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

If you’ve never experienced the World Cup, it really is something not to miss. As a kid who grew up collecting world flags and currency, and was a bit of a soccer stud, it is my happy place. I was lucky enough to be at the last one in South Africa, the first ever on the African continent. I'll never forget sitting with 30,000 Mexican fans as they taunted the mighty French, watching their beloved “Tri” team beat les Blues 2-0. On the car ride back to Johannesburg, both sets of fans ran into each other at a truck stop, and good natured singing and ribbing ensued. 

The feeling of  the air rushing out of the shabines (speakeasys) of Johannesburg when their Bafana Bafana boys were eliminated from the Cup also stays with me. But the city picked itself up and embraced Ghana, who I watched beat the U.S. in overtime in the second round. Ghana was then an Uruguayan handball away from the semifinals, more heartbreak in bars around South Africa. To top it all off, I found myself watching the all European final with Spanish and Dutch embassy employees on the roof of the Brazilian cultural center in Maputo, Mozambique. It all seems like a dream now.

Which is all to say, do whatever you have to do to watch a game or two over the next month. And in addition to screaming for the U.S. team, make sure you spill beer with somebody from a different part of the world, cheering for their home country. You’ll never forget it.

— Jesse Hardman with Jason Saul, Kate Richardson and Laine Kaplan-Levenson

As the new Coastal Reporter, Jesse Hardman will draw on 15 years of worldwide experience in radio, video and print journalism. As a radio reporter he has reported for NPR, BBC, and CBC, and for such familiar programs as Marketplace, This American Life, Latino USA, and Living on Earth. He served as a daily news reporter and news magazine producer for WBEZ in Chicago.