World Cup action sadly reaches its climax this weekend with the finals and sports bars across the Cayman Islands will be packed.
The Cayman Compass is backing the official Budweiser FIFA World Cup headquarters bars where the best atmosphere is guaranteed. All will be tuned in to Brazil against Holland on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m. in the third place game and on Sunday to crown the champions, either Germany or Argentina at 2 p.m.
The bars involved are Breezes by the Bay, The Office, Mango Tree, Overtime, Hungry Iguana, Karoo, PD’s, Clubhouse, Beaches, Coconut Joe’s, Coral Isle, Country and Western, Power Supply and Lone Star.
One lucky Caymanian who will not be at any of the bars but actually at the matches in Rio de Janeiro is Bruce Blake, first vice-president of the Cayman Islands Football Association.
A staunch Argentina fan, Blake admits that Germany have been the dominant team of the 32 that started the tournament, emphasized by their 7-1 demolition of hapless Brazil in the semi-finals on Tuesday, but he is hopeful that Lionel Messi will produce some magic and upset the odds.
“I can’t abandon Argentina at this stage and will still be cheering for them,” Blake said.
“Every time Messi gets the ball there are two, three and even four opponents marking him. It is difficult for him to perform when so heavily marked.
“He has to drop deep into his own half just to get some space.”
Blake would like to see Messi used more as a decoy, drawing players away when Argentina are attacking so that his team-mates have more space to create chances. “Messi is not doing enough of that,” he said.
As for the third place match, Blake expects Holland to beat a demoralized Brazil side that will have captain Thiago Silva back in the heart of the defense but no Neymar who is injured.
“I expect Holland to be too strong for Brazil,” he said. “It was quite sad for Brazil the way they were beaten by Germany and losing back to back games will not be good for the psyche of the country.”