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9 Cities, 9 Parties: World Cup 2010

  1. Rome: There's only a footprint left of the Circus Maximus stadium where ancient Romans gathered to watch chariot races, but it's a large one. Rome will invite fans to watch every 2010 match here. (Courtesy bobmorton/Flickr)
  2. Paris: In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower across the Seine, 15,000 fans will pile into the grassy mall known as the Trocadéro every match day, watching giant TVs. In the past, they've cheered the Blues from a square next to the Hotel de Ville (City Hall). (Owen Franken/Corbis)
  3. Mexico City: Up to 100,000 fans will watch Mexico's matches on huge outdoor screens in the Plaza de la Constitución. Bordered by the gorgeous Metropolitan Cathedral, this plaza is the emotional heart of the country. (Courtesy scaredy_kat/Flickr)
  4. Mexico City: Saluting the national flag, supporters of Mexico sing the national anthem prior to a FIFA World Cup match in 2006. Expect to see this scene repeated many times downtown. (Oliver Weiken/epa/Corbis)
  5. Tokyo: Up to 37,000 fans, many clad in all-blue outfits topped with red-sun headbands, will head to the Saitama Super Arena to watch their Samurai Blue play first-round matches on the big screens. (Franck Robichon/epa/Corbis)
  6. Berlin: Hundreds of thousands of Germans will gather in the city's heart to watch matches shown on boulevard-wide screens, just as they did in 2006. (Marcel Mettelsiefen/epa/Corbis)
  7. Boston: In 2006, thousands of Italian soccer fans in the city's North End district were thrilled by Italy's World Cup triumph. Bet on seeing many of these supporters watching this year's competition on the enormous TVs in City Hall Plaza. (Rick Friedman/Corbis)
  8. Chicago: About 40,000 fans are expected to watch the July 11 final on the Jumbotron at Soldier Field. Back in 2009, outside the stadium, fans cheered the American victory over Honduras in the World Cup qualifying match. (John Dorton/IsiPhotos.com/Corbis)
  9. Rio de Janeiro: If celebrating were a competitive sport, five-time World Cup champ Brazil would be unbeatable. Case in point: 32 straight days of 20,000-person Copacabana Beach parties are planned this year. (Ricardo Azoury/Corbis)
  10. Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana Beach will host many World Cup viewing parties this year, starting with a pre-Cup concert June 10. (Courtesy Pedro Kirilos/Myriad Marketing)
  11. Sydney: In Darling Harbor, two floating Jumbotrons will screen every game for the 30,000 fans watching from adjacent Cockle Bay Wharf and Tumbalong Park. If Australia wins, expect a fireworks display. (Robert Wallace/Steve Parish Publishing/Corbis)

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