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Brazil, Argentina are favourite teams of Chennai fans

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

and are universal favourites when it comes to and it is no different in

fans in the city are making plans to catch their preferred teams in action from the Cup, which kicks off in tomorrow.

While several hotels here have planned screening of the matches, Goethe Institut, Germany's cultural Institute, plans to telecast the matches at its centre here.

Also, some clubs will be screening the matches for the public at their grounds.

Slum Children Talent and Education Development Society (SCSTEDS), which is into promoting in the northern fringes of the city, plans to screen as many games as possible from the tournament as possible at a ground at Vysarpadi locality here.

The club's office-bearers told that they would screen some matches at the ground at Mullai Nagar.

"There are hundreds of lovers in the area. The passion for the game is immense and though they can't watch the matches live at the stadium, they are more than happy to catch the action on the big screen," M Thangaraj, who runs the club, said.

He said that N Nandakumar, who now turns out for ISL club Delhi Dynamos, was a trainee of and is expected to come and watch some games at the ground.

N Umapathy, one of the co-founders, said had been screening Cup matches since the 2006 edition and added that there were several soccer-lovers who enjoyed watching matches in big groups.

"Over 100 gather to watch the matches. We are planning to screen important matches. The first game between and will kick off things here for the fans,"he added.

There is equal support for and among the locals, he said, adding there were fans for Cristiano Ronaldo, the star.

Meanwhile, Kannikapuram Football Club also plans to screen the semifinals and finals for the benefit of the public at the stadium in the area.

"We are making arrangements to screen the semifinals and finals at the ground in Kannikapuram. We hope the local people will turn up in good numbers," said N Mathivannan, of

will screen (live) the matches featuring Germany, apart from the knockout games, said an

Also, the chapter of will screen matches for its fans at select locations in the city, said its member

US101, one of the few bars in the city,is prepared to screen matches and has planned a 'football-centric' menu, keeping the Cup in mind.

"We are ready for We have a new decor and an a la carte menu as we screen all matches live," the club owner said.

On the other hand, soccer-lovers in the city are making plans to watch the month-long tournament at various places.

Rishi Manohar, who is a fan of the Spanish team, said he would watch along with his friends.

"is my favourite team and so naturally I would like to see them in the finals. They have an excellent defence and an This will certainly help them claim the title," the student said.

Brahadeesh Srinivasan, a huge fan of the sport, has travelled all the way to to watch some matches in the

"I expect a great performance from as Lionel Messi is part of the team," he said, adding there was hope for interesting matches as the best sides are there.

Kavya, a student of for women, said she was a big fan of and expected the team to do well along with Argentina.

"is my favourite team as they have Christiano Ronaldo.

But Argentina is most likey to end up in the finals as they have experience and skillful players," she said.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 21:45 IST