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Backdropped by the Itaquerao stadium, a Mexico soccer fan poses for a photo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday. The World Cup starts today, and local soccer fans can plan to gather at Dan’s Silverleaf for viewing parties.

Tavern opens up for World Cup watching parties

Craig Welch played a lot of soccer in his middle school days. Club soccer, school team soccer, even pre-Olympic level soccer.

Welch, who is probably best known in Denton as the frontman of local acid-punk outfit Brutal Juice, put together a series of daily watching parties for the World Cup series.

The parties start today when doors open between 1 and 2 p.m. at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.

The World Cup begins with the Brazil-Croatia game at 3 p.m.

“Four years ago, when the World Cup happened, we had a few things at Dan’s,” Welch said. “A lot of people love the sport. You might not know it’s called ‘the beautiful game.’”

Brazil is favored in the Cup’s opening contest, and Welch said there is a robust fandom behind the best teams in the competition, which ends on July 13 (that’s something for tennis buffs to look forward to if they feel empty after Wimbledon ends on July 6).

Brutal Juice plays after the final match.

No cover is charged for the watching parties. For the full schedule, visit

— Lucinda Breeding

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