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Footballing the night away!

india Updated: Jun 29, 2012 16:45 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times
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The Euro 2012 final kicks off on Sunday night (or early Monday morning) at 12.15 am. There couldn’t be a better place to watch this match than at a nightclub filled with screaming fans. Unfortunately, our 1.30 am deadlines don’t allow that. Instead of making a dash home during half time, watch the game without interruptions in the comfort of your pad. Here’s our guide to how you can pep up your place to get that electric atmosphere.

Stock up on booze
Since your house is filling in for a nightclub, make sure you stock up on alcohol. Without the drinks the match may not be as much fun. Plan a BYOB if that works for you. Litre packs of beer are a good option for cheap drinking.

Soundproof your house
The lot of you yelling and cursing at the screen will definitely prompt your neighbours to call the cops. Fill the gap between your windows and doors with towels to soundproof your place. You can use doormats, sheets of wet newspaper or cloth to seal the space. Also warn your friends of the consequences of yelling too loudly (which we doubt will help). Just get a good negotiator to talk to the cops whenever they get there.

Charge your laptops
The worst can happen to satellite TV signals in the rain. Keep a trusty and speedy Internet connection handy for a situation like this, so you can stream the match live.

Get some vuvuzelas
The noise-maker became a rage during the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa and has even been banned by UEFA since. But you can still liven up your football night by blowing on vuvuzelas. Get yours at South Mumbai’s Crawford Market or buy some from www.mydala.com.

Get your team’s jersey
It’s important that you wear the colours of the country you’re supporting to prove your loyalty to your side. You can get the official kit from any major sports brand or pick a fake one, for a fraction of the original’s price, at Fashion Street, Colaba Causeway, Hill Road or Linking Road in Bandra. Most local markets also stock national and club football jerseys.

Catch up on sleep
The match starts at 12.15 am and winds up at 2.10 am, only if the scores are not level. If there is a tie the match goes into extra time, for an additional 30 minutes and then onto a penalty shoot-out if the tie persists. This could easily mean another hour of fighting sleep. After that, the victory celebrations and trophy ceremony takes another 45 minutes before you can finally turn in. However by then you’ll be so wired that sleep will be hard to come by. So prepare for the night with some sound sleep earlier in the day.

Food for team spirit
This is the best way to add some authenticity to the match experience. Various eateries in Mumbai serve cuisine from European countries and you can order in advance to skip the rush on match night. If all else fails, stock up on classic match foods like pizza, popcorn and chicken wings.

Football songs
Carnival De Paris by Dario G
We’re In This Together by Simply Red
Top Of The World (Ole Ole Ole) by Chumbawumba
Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Are You Ready for Some Football? by Hank Williams, Jr
Waka Waka by Shakira
de la Vida by Ricky Martin
Forca by Nelly Furtado
Waving Flag by K’naan
Campione by E-Type
Can You Hear Me by Enrique Iglesias
The Time of Our Lives by Ill Divo With Toni Braxton
Represent by Weezer
Sign of a victory by R Kelly
Everywhere You Go by Kelly Rowland
oh Africa by Akon featuring Keri Hilson
Game on by Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G
Three Lions by Lightning Seeds
Sailing by Rod Stewart
Get Ready For This by 2 Unlimited

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