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Where will you watch the World Cup this summer?

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THIS SUMMER, 1.5 billion people are expected to watch the World Cup final. That's more than the Super Bowl and American Idol finales combined! The quadrennial tournament for world soccer supremacy begins on June 9, with the 9am PT kickoff between Germany vs. Costa Rica and then closes a month later with the championship match (my prediction: an all South American final between Brazil vs. Argentina) on July 9 at 10:30am on ABC.

After the first game, the matches then follow a more sane schedule than 2002 with first round games kicking off West Coast time at 6am, 9am and noon. If you're a morning person, this is good. If you have TiVo and a job, even better.

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 are broadcasting all 64 games, all but ensuring that every sports bar will have some form of round ball on. But it's far more worthwhile to spend those nine hours with folks who place Ronaldinho over Barry Bonds. The following are establishments whose doors will be open bright and early to accommodate football fans. Many will run replays in the afternoon to keep everyone abreast of Spain and Portugal's inevitable collapse.

Britannia Arms (3)
1087 De Anza Blvd, Cupertino; 408.252.7262
5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose; 408.266.0550
173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose; 408.278.1400
Open half an hour before the first daily game. Breakfast menu available. Games will be shown afterward on tape as long as they don't conflict with games in progress.

Duke of Edinburgh
10801 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino; 408.446.3853
Open early for the entire tournament. Games will be shown afterward on tape as long as they don't conflict with games in progress.

Senzala Brazilian Cuisine
250 E. Java Dr, Sunnyvale; 408.734.156
Open early for traditional Brazilian breakfast and game watching.

Rose and Crown
547 Emerson St, Palo Alto; 650.327.7673
Open early for the entire tournament.

Lowry's Irish Coffee House
350 W. Julian St, San Jose; 408.993.9356
The coffee shop near HP Pavilion will open a half-hour earlier for the 6am games. Enjoy an Irish breakfast with your game.

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