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As the opening ceremony for the 2014 World Cup quickly approaches, anticipation of the games nears its peak. Each year, during the games the world is briefly brought together in both competitive spirit and common appreciation of the sport, for nearly a month.

In many cosmopolitan cities across the country, fans of the sport will be cheering on their favorite teams. Here in the Quad Cities, you hear a lot about baseball, a lot about hockey, and even more about football; whether you’re a Bears fan, a Packers fan, or a Viking’s fan. However, you don’t hear too much about soccer on a day to day basis. This begs the question, will folks in the Quad Cities Area be donning their jerseys along with masses around the world, or will the World Cup pass without much fanfare?

Maui Sanchez, an employee of the Soccer Shed in Davenport, believes that while soccer has played a low-key interest point in the Quad Cities during the past year interest has been on the rise. He hopes to see a larger fan base in the area, telling us, “Interest in soccer has been slowly picking up. Hopefully with the World Cup coming up, more kids will begin to show an interest in soccer.” He says that in the duration of the time he has worked at the Soccer Shed, he has definitely seen more and more people grow appreciation for the sport.

Local businesses are also preparing for the start of the World Cup series. Two local sports bars: Caddy’s Sports Bar and Grill of Bettendorf, along with Bier Stube in Moline, both foresee a good amount of customers coming in to watch the games. Caddy’s Sports Bar and Grill is planning on offering a number of varying drink and beer specials during game days and perhaps even something more. Bier Stube, which caters to a number of both German and European customers, expects to see a rush for the games. Manager Joe Schulte, says “We’re definitely televising all the games and will have many different specials going on for all of the games.”

The opening ceremony is set to air on Thursday, June 12th and will feature performances from both Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.

On June 16th, the United States will make its debut in the series going head to head with Ghana, as fans from the United States to Africa hold their breath.

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