first_imgBrazil, Argentina are favourite teams of Chennai fansChennai, Jun 13 (PTI) Brazil and Argentina are universalfavourites when it comes to football and it is no different inChennai.Soccer fans in the city are making plans to catch theirpreferred teams in action from the FIFA World Cup, which kicksoff in Russia tomorrow.While several hotels here have planned screening of thematches, Goethe Institut, Germany’s cultural Institute, plansto telecast the matches at its centre here.Also, some soccer clubs will be screening the matches forthe public at their grounds.Slum Children Sports Talent and Education DevelopmentSociety (SCSTEDS), which is into promoting football in thenorthern fringes of the city, plans to screen as many games aspossible from the tournament as possible at a ground atVysarpadi locality here.The club’s office-bearers told PTI that they wouldscreen some matches at the ground at Mullai Nagar.”There are hundreds of football lovers in the area. Thepassion for the game is immense and though they can’t watchthe matches live at the stadium, they are more than happy tocatch the action on the big screen,” M Thangaraj, who runs theclub, said.He said that N Nandakumar, who now turns out for ISL clubDelhi Dynamos, was a trainee of the club and is expected tocome and watch some games at the ground.N Umapathy, one of the co-founders, said the club hadbeen screening World Cup matches since the 2006 edition andadded that there were several soccer-lovers who enjoyedwatching matches in big groups.advertisement”Over 100 gather to watch the matches. We are planning toscreen important matches. The first game between Russia andSaudi Arabia will kick off things here for the fans,”he added.There is equal support for Brazil and Argentina among thelocals, he said, adding there were fans for Cristiano Ronaldo,the Portugal star.Meanwhile, Chennai Kannikapuram Football Club also plansto screen the semifinals and finals for the benefit of thepublic at the stadium in the area.”We are making arrangements to screen the semifinals andfinals at the ground in Kannikapuram. We hope the local peoplewill turn up in good numbers,” said N Mathivannan, presidentof the club.Goethe Institut will screen (live) the matches featuringGermany, apart from the knockout games, said an official.Also, the Chennai chapter of Arsenal Fan Club willscreen matches for its fans at select locations in the city,said its member Shankar.US101, one of the few sports bars in the city,is preparedto screen matches and has planned a ‘football-centric’ menu,keeping the World Cup in mind.”We are ready for the World Cup. We have a new decor andan a la carte menu as we screen all matches live,” the clubowner Shankar said.On the other hand, soccer-lovers in the city are makingplans to watch the month-long tournament at various places.Rishi Manohar, who is a fan of the Spanish team, said hewould watch along with his friends.”Spain is my favourite team and so naturally I would liketo see them in the finals. They have an excellent defence andan experienced captain. This will certainly help them claimthe title,” the VIT University student said.Brahadeesh Srinivasan, a huge fan of the sport, hastravelled all the way to Russia to watch some matches in theWorld Cup.”I expect a great performance from Argentina as LionelMessi is part of the team,” he said, adding there was hope forinteresting matches as the best sides are there.Kavya, a student of MOP Vaishnav College for women, saidshe was a big fan of Portugal and expected the team to do wellalong with Argentina.”Portugal is my favourite team as they have ChristianoRonaldo.But Argentina is most likey to end up in the finalsas they have experience and skillful players,” she said. PTISSAPRAPRAPRAPRlast_img read more