Fans in Germany have found a novel way to celebrate this month’s feast of football from their own living room... sort of.

For the duration of the World Cup, Berlin’s Stadion An der Alten Forsterei has been transformed into a giant living room equipped with an enormous television screen that will broadcast all the matches live.

Revellers are even encouraged to bring their own couch to the venue in a move that brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘armchair supporter’.
主办者鼓励来此狂欢的球迷们带上自己的沙发椅。此举也为“沙发球迷”一词增加了一个完全不同的新含义(“沙发球迷” 原指只在电视机前看球却从不去现场的球迷)。

Some 3,500sq m of rather garish wallpaper has also been erected around the big screen to complete the home comfort effect, and the gathering has already proven a hit with the public as a total of 780 sofas were registered for the first night’s action.

An estimated 12,000 people were in attendance to watch hosts Brazil dispose of Croatia, with latecomers relegated to the relative discomfort of the surrounding stands.

The unusual spectacle was organised by a local events agency who are confident that the bumper crowds will continue, particularly for Germany’s opener against Portugal on Monday.

With fan gatherings being organised in New York, London’s Exchange Square and Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach, it’s no oddity that viewers want to experience football’s biggest tournament in a communal atmosphere.