Winnipeggers tune in to FIFA World Cup final

Winnipeg’s German soccer fans are gearing up for the World Cup final.

Germany vs. Argentina game to start at 2 p.m. CT

Argentina fans watch the World Cup final at Corrientes on Bannatyne Avenue in Winnipeg. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Winnipeg’s German soccer fans are tuning in for the World Cup final.

Germany took on Argentina Sunday afternoon, and The German Society of Winnipeg hosted a viewing at their club house.

“With the showing that we had this year, including the last game, we are quite pumped,” said Karl Duesterdiek with the German Society of Winnipeg.

The club house, located at Flora Avenue and Charles Street, can fit about 300 people, but Duesterdiek said they also opened up another floor to accommodate extra guests.

Duesterdiek said since Germany beat Brazil 7-1, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic about Sunday’s match.

“It is a game, and you have to try your best, and we will do our best at this upcoming game as well,” said Dueseterdiek.

Meanwhile, a Manitoba family is watching the game from Germany.

Ken Hiebert, who is from New Bothwell, Man., is in Dusseldorf with his family for medical reasons but said he’s thrilled to celebrate with so many German soccer fans.

“It doesn’t matter where you drive here in Germany, you will see German flags everywhere. People all over the place are wearing Germany soccer team jerseys,” he said. “The cars are totally decorated with flags tied to their hoods!”

In the Exchange District, dozens of Argentina fans gathered at Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria on Bannatyne Avenue.