Germany, Argentina fans set for soccer madness as World Cup finals arrive

The World Cup reaches its conclusion today when Germany and Argentina meet in the finals in Rio de Janeiro.

And all across the world, soccer fans will be in bars, restaurants, cafes and homes with eyes glued to the TV. Montrealers are no different.

For Germany fans, the Irish Embassy on Bishop street downtown is the centre of the action.

General manager Joe Cannon says, based on past experience, he expects a bar full of Germany supporters to get pretty raucous if their team wins.

"In the semi-final game the other day, the reaction when they scored the goals, especially when they scored four goals in just a few minutes... I've never seen anything like that before in my life," he says. "It was crazy."

Further north, on Lajeuness and Henri-Bourassa, fans will be rooting for Lionel Messi's Argentina team at the bar Coin du Metro.

Bar owner Costa Anagnostopoulos says come game time, he expects complete soccer-fuelled madness.

"I'm expecting a full house, so 400 or 500 people," he says. "And it's gonna be like you're at the stadium. People show up with their air horns, their drums, they're chanting all the time."

Game time is 3 p.m. 

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