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Watching early World Cup games over breakfast and a pint

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
Above, Ryan Colpaart, wearing the No. 10 shirt, and his father, Dirk Colpaart, were cheering for the Netherlands early Monday at Fado. At left, Denmark was represented at Fado as well, including fan David Tamyo, right.

The smack talk didn't start until about 8 a.m., an hour after the first pints were pulled at Fado during the World Cup match Monday morning between Denmark and the Netherlands.

'The Danish fury is coming!' shouted one Denmark fan who until Netherlands' second goal had been as calm as the morning sun rising outside. 'I eat Danish for breakfast!' yelled a Dutch fan watching the game in the other side of the pub. Whether it's sweet pastries or Irish staples like corned beef and boxties, soccer will be on the breakfast menu at dozens of bars and restaurants for the next few weeks as businesses capitalize on Austinites' growing love of soccer and the early start times for the South Africa-hosted World Cup.

The seven-hour time difference won't stop fans like Nils Juul-Hansen , Loren Godson and Tim Brosnan from watching games live. 'The next four weeks will be tailored around the games,' says Juul-Hansen, whose job as a photographer gives him some flexibility to watch the game with his friends and sip on a Carlsberg, a beer from his native Denmark, while most Austinites are just getting ready to head into the office.

Four years ago, he says, he had a hard time finding a place to watch the game at all. Now, more than 30 Austin restaurants, sports bars and pubs are getting in on the World Cup fever that seems to have swept the country. 'It's symbolic of the city,' says Juul-Hansen, who has watched Austin evolve culturally since he moved here 10 years ago. 'You'd expect to find this in New York.'

Fado general manager John O'Brien says the World Cup isn't the only time the pub opens early to show games, but the staff will have to get used to doing it day after day through July 11. 'They've all worked that (early morning) shift' for other tournaments like the European Cup,' O'Brien says, but not for a month straight. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission forbids the sale of alcohol before 7 a.m., but a handful of places are opening as early as 5:45 a.m. for the first matches of the day.

During previous World Cup tournaments, Fado was one of the few places that showed all the matches, and more than 50 people showed up for the 6:30 a.m. game on Monday. 'I'm kinda surprised it's so busy' on a Monday, says O'Brien, who grew up in Ireland and helped open the first Fado in Atlanta before moving to Austin in 1997 to open the company's second location. He said that there were just as many if not more people at Fado on Saturday for the game between the U.S. and England than there were a few months ago for St. Patrick's Day. 'Soccer has gotten huge,' he says.

Soccer isn't just something that interests Lauren Constant and Kurt Schultz every four years. The friends, who met at an Austin Aztex game, were both players long before they were fans, but during the World Cup they'll be tuning in early or late, no matter who is playing. Schultz has attended almost every World Cup since 1986, and he still holds out hope that he can fly stand-by to South Africa before the Cup is over. Constant is stuck here, squeezing in games before and after she has to be at her job at the University of Texas.

On Monday, the Dutch had defeated the Danes before the parking meters outside Fado demanded payment. Constant headed to work, Schultz had a 9 a.m. doctor's appointment, and Juul-Hansen was off for a quick dip in Barton Springs before heading over to Justine's, the French restaurant on West Sixth Street that is opening early for the World Cup, to have a cup of coffee and a croissant while watching Japan and Cameroon face off in the next game.

abroyles@statesman.com; 912-2504

If watching the World Cup is your goal …

Here's a sampling of Austin places showing World Cup Matches. See the whole list @austin360.com/themo and @statesman.com/go/worldcup.

Showing all matches:

Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S. Lamar Blvd.; 707-2744

The Brixton

1412 E. Sixth St.; 370-2749

Cuatros

1004 24th St.; 243-6361

Doc's

1123 S. Congress Ave., 448-9181; 5207 Brodie Lane, 892-5200

Fado

214 W. Fourth St.; 457-0172

Lion and Rose Pub

701 S. Capital of Texas Highway; 335-5466

The Nomad

1213 Corona Drive; 628-4288

Screaming Goat

900 W. 10th St.; 477-4628

The Tavern

922 W. 12th St.; 320-8377

Third Base

1717 W. Sixth St., Building 2, Suite 210-R, 476-2273; 3107 S. I-35, Suite 810, 388-2273; 9600 S. I-35, Building B, Suite 500; 381-2273

We like soccer, too. Places showing a bunch of the matches (call ahead):

Alamo Lake Creek

13729 Research Blvd.; 219-5408

Bagpipe's Pub

9070 Research Blvd.; 467-8600

B.D. Riley's

204 E. Sixth St.; 494-1335

Bikinis

6901 N. I-35, 454-2247; 214 E. Sixth St., 469-0001

Cedar Door

201 Brazos St.; 473-3712

Crown and Anchor Pub

2911 San Jacinto Blvd.; 322-9168

El Arbol

3411 Glenview Ave.; 323-5177

Hooters

425 W. Riverside Drive, 478-WING; 13701 Research Blvd.; 506-9464

Justine's

4710 E. Fifth St.; 385-2900

La Condesa

400-A W. Second St.; 499-0300

Mangia Pizza

3016 Guadalupe Suite 100; 302-5200

La Mexicana Bakery

1924 S. First St,; 443-6369

Little Woodrow's

520 W. Sixth St.; 477-2337

Marker 10 at the Hyatt on Town Lake

208 Barton Springs Road; 477-1234

Mister Tramps European Sports Bar & Cafe

8565 Research Blvd.; 837-3500

Mohawk

912 Red River St.; 482-8404

Plucker's

multiple locations

Sao Paulo's

2809 San Jacinto Blvd.; 473-9988

Good for sports watching in general - call for hours: Champion's (300 E. Fourth St.; 473-0450); Cover 3 (2700 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 202; 374-1121); Joe's Bar & Grill (506 West Ave.; 473-0885); Opa! (2050 S. Lamar Blvd.; 326-8742); and Sherlock's Baker Street Pub (9012 Research Blvd.; 380-9443).