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Ibiza - World Cup party central

Sweden for the semis? Click for rash predictions from enthusiastic football fans.

Sweden for the semis? Enthusiastic football fans make rash predictions below.

Ibiza's cosmopolitan nature makes it a unique environment to enjoy the soccer World Cup, or Mundial as the competition is called in Spain.

After Germany itself, the White Isle is perhaps the best place in Europe to enjoy the WC as a sporting contest not an excuse for triumphant flagwaving or xenophobic name-calling. Many different countries have representatives here - English, Germans, Italians and Argentinians in particular reside in large numbers. Also to be found are Ecuadorians, Poles, French, Brazilians, Mexicans, Americans, Australians, Swedes, Paraguayans, Dutch, Swiss, Portuguese and others. Good club nights and other social occasions are like meetings of a United Nations drinking convention (see below).

Sense at Grial - May 17, 2006

Sense at Grial - May 17, 2006

Today Spain's impressive 4-0 win over Ukraine put the local population in raptures. As was the case when Barcelona beat Arsenal in the recent final of the Champions League and when Ecuador put two in against the more fancied Poland on Saturday, football fans took to their cars for a spot of horn honking and flagwaving down the main street of Ibiza Town.

Celebration is what Ibiza does best, and tonight's parties - Home of La Troya at Space, Subliminal at Pacha, Sense at Grial and all the others - are likely to benefit from Spaniards revved up by their team's emphatic victory.

We asked a selection of djs, promoters and Ibiza party people their views on the current competition.

The Italy supporter

Giorgio BrunettiName: Giorgio

Occupation: Reality designer

Your team: Italy

How do you think your team will go in the World Cup?

At least to the semifinals.

Who will win?

Italy or Brazil.

Where will you watch the games?

Around a friend's place I guess.

Which bars have a good atmosphere and big screens?

You tell me.

The Argentina supporter

Kato HernandezName: Kato

Occupation: Promoter (What's Up? @ Space)

Your team: Argentina

How do you think your team will go in the World Cup?

Far.

Who will win?

Brasil or Argentina.

As an Ibiza resident, where will you go to watch the games?

Es Cavallet.

The Sweden supporter

Tomas HedbergName: Tomas Hedberg

Occupation: DJ (Guarana resident)

Your team: Sweden

How do you think your team will go in the World Cup?

Semifinals

Who will win?

Brasil

Where will you watch the games?

Maybe Aura, probably at home or some bar in Ibiza Town

Which bars have a good atmosphere and big screens?

There could only be both in a World Cup year.

The Germany supporter

Johannes Goller - Phrank.netName: Johannes Goller

Occupation: Event manager (Cocoon @ Amnesia)

Your team: Germany

How do you think your team will go in the World Cup?

Final

Who will win?

Germany

Where will you watch the games?

In the stadium of Dortmund.

If you were in Ibiza, where would you go to watch the games?

My living room

Which bars have a good atmosphere and big screens?

Tantra bar Playa d'en Bossa.

The England supporter

Rob StarName: Rob Star

Occupation: Mulletover promoter (Sunday morning residents in the discoteca at Space)

Your team: England

How do you think your team will go in the World Cup?

Quarter finals then lose on penalties – it’s so predictable!

Who will win?

Brazil or Germany

Where will you watch the games?

I’m out in Germany for the 2nd and 3rd Group games so hopefully I’ll get a ticket!

If you were in Ibiza, where would you go to watch the games?

Maybe Es Vive.

Other World Cup related events

El Divino in the Marina area of Ibiza Town is going all out with an "official" party to celebrate the final on July 9, starting at 3pm. On offer is a six metre screen and a buffet or full seven course meal.

Starsailor are due to play an acoustic set, djing will be
Femi Fem, Copyright and Paul Rea.

An online gambling company is also bringing over 150(!) competition winners for a weekend of football-oriented fun. The obligatory giant screen will be flown over from the UK, tho this one will be set up on the beach.