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4 events for... anyone with football fever during the World Cup

Here’s how to get your fix. Without watching any telly.

THE FINAL IS fast approaching. And while the Ireland squad was missed throughout the FIFA World Cup in Russia, it has been an interesting tournament.

An early exit from Germany, uninspired play from Argentina and Portugal, victory for underdogs Croatia and, of course, the introduction of VAR will shape the narrative of the 2018 World Cup.

We have four events that will help you reach your football goals in the lead up to the final on July 15.

1. Cheer for the SSE Airtricity League’s reigning champions Cork City on their home ground

When: Friday July 6, 7:45pm

Where: Turner’s Cross Stadium, Curragh Road, Turner’s Cross, Cork

Second to a derby, the rivalry between Cork and Dublin teams in the SSE Airtricity League’s Premier Division are the highlights of the season. There’s still a lot to play for as we enter the final third of the current series. Current champions, Cork City continue to protect their title and position at the top of the table while Dublin’s Shamrock Rovers struggle to stay in the top four.

Tickets available here.

2. Watch the final matches and make friends at your new local, Lucky’s

When: Open everyday from 10:30am (weekdays) and 12:30pm (weekends)

Where: The Liberties, 78 Meath Street, Dublin 8

Lucky’s, the latest arrival to The Liberties, will be showing all remaining matches to be played in Russia leading up to the final of this year’s World Cup. With craft beer and Guinness on tap, the spacious setting is ideal for a big gathering of footie fans. You can book a table to ensure a clear view of the screen, so you have no excuse to miss memorable goals and offside rulings.

3. Create a league of your own with friends

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When: Subject to pitch availabilty

Where: All around Dublin

Instead of watching Ronaldo and Messi dominate the pirch, why not gather friends and start a 5-a-side team and improve your long and short passing game? The website MyLocalPitch helps you find a convenient location, offering indoor and outdoor pitches to rent for an allocated time.

4. Prepare your budding Irish football star at a special World Cup for Kids afternoon

When: Wednesday July 11, 3pm

Where: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Dublin 14

Young football enthusiasts wanting to be the next Wes Hoolahan need to head to Ballyroan Library. An afternoon of World Cup related activities including a quiz and penalty shoot out will keeps kids, over the age of six, entertained during the summer holidays as well as giving them an opportunity to show of their skills and football knowledge.

Register for this event here.

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