Featured Writer: Ellen from The GIST
Didn’t know that the largest soccer (football) tournament in the world is starting this week? Want or need to know more about the tournament? We’re here to help. foodora has teamed up with The GIST to give you some info on all things World Cup! More info about The GIST down below!
The time has arrived! The event we’ve all been waiting for, the men’s World Cup soccer tournament, is FINALLY here again. YASSS!!
This tournament is the largest and most prestigious tournament in soccer and takes place every four years. This year, it’s taking place in Russia from June 14th to July 15th. Russia is seven hours ahead of EST so most games are going to be taking place over your lunch hour at work, giving you the perfect excuse to take a client out for a “lunch meeting”. There are 32 countries that qualified to play.
Not only are you going to be watching the best soccer in the world (duh), but this tournament also gives you a legitimate excuses to try out some international cuisine. Below we’ll outline the top five teams you gotta keep an eye on this tournament, along with the foods you gotta eat while watching ‘em.
Germany – They won the 2014 Cup when it was hosted in Brazil and are favoured to win again this year. Far and away, our fave German food is schnitzel.
Schnitzel photo by TheCozyApron
Portugal – The Portuguese won the 2016 Euro Cup. However, they’re seen as a bit of an underdog for the tournament at the World Stage. Still, due to their proven track-record in high-stakes tournaments, we like them. We also like them because Portuguese custard tarts are possibly the yummiest dessert EVER. Srsly drooling just thinking about them.
Custard tarts photo by LifeStyleFood
Spain – These homies won the Cup back in 2010 and want to get back on the winning end of things. We also like Spain because we’re completely and utterly obsessed with paella. There’s a 110% chance that we will be eating paella over this World Cup tournament.
Paella photo by GreatBritishChef.
Brazil – Brazil hosted the Cup four years ago. This country has a fiery passion for soccer, so they’re always gonna be #inthemix. There’s so many good eats that come outta Brazil, but our fave has gotta be madioca fritta. Madioca fritta is v similar to french fries. They are fried yucca sticks and taste like hearty french fries, making your regular french fries look basic AF.
Madioca fritta photo by guiadacozinha.
Argentina – Arrrggeennntttina were the runners up AKA first losers in 2014. They also arguably have the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, playing for them. Hands down, one of the best Argentinian desserts ever is alfajor de maicena…which is dulce de leche…wait for it…COOKIES!!! Perfect stress snack for when Argentina is playing.
Aflajor de maicena photo by EasyWays.
Or you can feed the team by ordering through foodora. 😀
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