How will you survive FIFA fever this World Cup?

Strategic napping, pumping up your family and dressing like a true fan. If you want to make the most of the World Cup, here’s your guide to getting the most out of the FIFA 2018 – like a pro.

Close up of soccer ball with FIFA World Cup logo

1. Dishing up a FIFA feast

If you’ve rounded up your friends, family and work mates to watch a match (or two), add to their experience with FIFA-inspired food.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • The World Cup is being held in Russia this year, so give your guests a taste of the country… at home! Traditional Russian dishes include Borsch (beet and cabbage soup), Beef Stroganoff (meat in sour cream sauce) and Pirozhki (pies).


  • Find out which teams are playing on the day, choose one and cook their cultural cuisine. So if Italy is playing, pull out the pasta, pizza and parmigiana!


  • Get creative and assemble your sharing platters in the shapes and patterns of national flags. You can arrange kiwis, pineapples and blueberries to create the Brazilian flag… and so much more.

2. Surviving the work day

So you’ve been watching the game all night. But it’s suddenly dawned on you that you’re expected at work in just a few hours…

Don’t fret. These strategic napping tips are here to get you through:

  • Make the most of your commute.

Travel to work by bus or train? Why not use this opportunity to catch some extra shut eye? If you’re worried about missing your stop, just estimate the travel time and set an alarm!

  • Turn lunch time into nap time.

If you’re not feeling the hunger, find a quiet and safe place to nap for 20 minutes. That way you won’t doze into a deep sleep… and you’ll have 10 minutes to recover from the grogginess.

  • Hold a meeting with… yourself.

Book a conference room out for a ‘meeting’ and take a power nap! Handy hint: Position yourself close to the door (away from any windows) so if anyone walks in, you’ll wake up in a flash.

But if juggling work and the World Cup is too much to handle, remember you always have annual leave and sick leave up your sleeve (but you didn’t hear it from us).

3. Pumping up the family

Have you been fighting with your loved ones over the TV remote? Are your kids wearing earplugs to block out your booming cheers?

Why not give your couch a break and head down to your local pub? Better yet, take your family with you. That way you can treat them to a delicious meal – and get your FIFA fix too.

Or you can teach them the chants, tell them the rules… and try to convert them into FIFA fans as well. After all, the more the merrier!

4. Playing the part

Whether it’s yellow and green or blue and white, the World Cup is always more fun if you dress up. So paint your face, make a quirky hat, don your favourite team’s colours – and flaunt your passion to the world.

Afterwards, don’t forget to pair your get-up with a memorable chant, such as:

  • Australia: Come on Aussie, come on!
  • Argentina: Vamos, vamos Argentina!
  • USA: I believe we will win!

Of course, there are plenty of other chants out there. So if you don’t have one, try a quick Google search or listen closely to the crowd.

5. Talking the talk

Make the most of ad breaks by sharing your World Cup knowledge.

If your FIFA trivia is a little rusty (but you still want to impress your buddies), here are some fast facts to get you going:

  • Over three billion people around the world watched the 2014 World Cup.
  • The World Cup started on 13 July 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • In 2026, the number of competing teams will increase from 32 to 48.
  • Brazil has won five times – the most wins by any team so far.
  • In 1966, the World Cup trophy went missing… and was found by a dog.

It also helps to research match times, teams and players, so you can answer any questions – and look like a true soccer expert.

Your World Cup oasis

If you still haven’t decided where to be, why not come to the Lower Plenty Hotel?

We’ll be offering free coffee for all games screened after midnight. You’ll also be able to get your hands on some sandwiches, focaccias and pizzas throughout the night!

Here’s what we’ll be screening:

France vs Australia

Saturday 16 June


Peru vs Denmark

Sunday 17 June


Denmark vs Australia

Thursday 21 June


France vs Peru

Friday 22 June


Denmark vs France

Wednesday 27 June


Australia vs Peru

Wednesday 27 June


The last 16 rounds

From Sunday 1 June


The quarter-finals

From Saturday 7 July


The semi-finals

From Wednesday 11 July


The final

Monday 16 July


To learn more about the FIFA World Cup at the Lower Plenty Hotel, call us on 03 9435 1722.