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International flavour as capital enjoys football final

Jul 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


LOVE FOOTBALL: (From left) Gigi McLeary, Julia Rothmann and Nyarie Muza celebrate their love of football watching the World Cup final at JJ Murphy’s yesterday. IMAGE: Steven Read

A THAI, a Zimbabwean and a German walk into a bar – no it’s not a joke, it’s typical of the power of the game of football to stop the world this morning.

The three young friends watching the big game this morning at JJ Murphy’s Hotel in Cuba St, Wellington, prove football really is the world game

Gigi McLeary, 16, was born in Thailand but was proudly wearing Argentina’s shirt and cap and was devastated by the loss.

Nyarie Muza, 18, is from Zimbabwe, but fell in love with Germany when she lived there and supports their team.

She joined 16 year old Julia Victoria Rothmann, an exchange student from Frankfurt, by accessorising with red, black and yellow flowers.

Victoria was thrilled by the victory, but was wishing she was at home to celebrate with friends and family.

The three friends met at a Thai boxing gym in Wellington and had front row seats for the big screen this morning to watch the game.

The bar was not overly crowded and even the predominantly German fans were restrained, with the early hour seeming to curtail the celebrations.

Gigi cried when the game was over, but was comforted by her friends and after many selfies were taken they were enjoying a leisurely breakfast while most fans drifted off to work.

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