Update: Where do you go to watch the games? Here are some of our favourite responses so far:
Panos Kelamis, Greece fan in Toronto: "Honestly, the best place to watch the match is at home, on my couch with my 56-inch HDTV and the freedom to scream and swear as I please. The gamut of emotions while watching your national team is unbelievable. One second you could go from the agony of defeat to the thrill of victory. Must-haves: national team jersey, bottle of single malt and loving girlfriend by your side."
Mikhail Sigov, a Russia fan in Calgary: "Any person in Calgary who watches football knows the place to be is the Ship and Anchor Pub. It has an amazing collection of scarves hanging above the bar stall, with many rare scarves from past competitions such as the Champions League and FA Cups. In addition to that they have a very good selection of ales to quench your thirst before, after or during the game. I recently went to watch the CL final there, and the atmosphere was simply incredible."
Jairaj Pangli, England fan in Toronto: "Scallywags, near Yonge and St. Clair, is one of the most authentic pubs for watching football. Be it English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga or Serie A, there's always a group of hard-core fans that I end up running into. Authenticity of the fans is easily verified by the pre-1980s jerseys that are proudly worn and the discussion levels related to the tactics or team line ups."
Dominik Dabrowski, Poland fan in Halifax: "Dominik DabrowskiI bought a new TV and got cable just for Euro 2012. So I will be watching mostly at home. But I'm planning on going to Durty Nelly's with some people from work and maybe the Niche outdoor tent on another day."
David Paolini, Italy fan in Toronto: "The Twisted Kilt (1954 Yonge St.) has become a mecca for midtown Toronto soccer fans, since the owner (John) shows all the EPL, Champions League games, and expert commentary is provided by bartenders Peter and Tony (backing Ireland and Italy respectively, btw)."
Bill Morrell, Ireland fan in Maple Ridge, B.C.: "My couch predominantly, but I take in some games, and almost always the final, at my mate's soccer store - North America Sports on Hastings and Boundary in Vancouver. [I like to] take the month off from work, Belfast fry for breakfast opening day and the day of the final (it's heart attack on a plate and so any more than that could be fatal!), and beer at half-time, no matter when the games are on."
Jonathan Faerbar, Germany fan in Edmonton: "Streaming it from home or going down to the Elephant and Castle on Whyte or Sorrentino's on Calgary Trail since those two locations always seem stock-full of Germany fans on the day!"
Alex Bridal, Netherlands fan in Ottawa: "I will watch much of it at home, as I will have to record matches because of work. If out though, Georgetown Pub is the place to be in Ottawa. While it's primarily Holland and England fans, it was a always a welcoming and exciting place to be. I went there for the England v. Germany match in South Africa [2010 World Cup], and even though it started at 9 a.m., the pub was packed. I am not exaggerating, they literally had a 'bouncer' who said they were at capacity, and I arrived more than an hour before! We went across the street to another pub which after speaking with people, found out most of the patrons were spill over from Georgetown. Fans had faces painted, flags waving, and of course kits from past and present. It was great!"
Tell us your stories of how you watch the games - and what you'll be watching for - when Euro 2012 begins this weekend. We're hoping to feature some of the best spots across Canada to watch the games. (Mobile users click here)
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