No matter how big of a partier you think you were back in the day, you’ve probably never partied like the Swedes did in Russia on June 18. Some 7,000 Swedish football fans drank all of the beer in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod after winning their first game in the World Cup 1-0 against South Korea, according to Sweden’s paper The Local.
The city of 1.2 million is located in western Russia and is one of the host cities for the games. The Swede match was the first of four scheduled to take place at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, and the quality of bars, as one writer for The Irish Times put it, is “a far cry from Irish counterparts.” But they were good enough for thirsty Swedes to celebrate to excess. Some bars were even running low on beer the day before the match as fans drank in preparation, Swedish Football Association head of security Martin Fredman told the publication Sportbladet. “The city has never had to arrange something on this scale before, so they’ve been completely taken by surprise,” he said.
Then came the win.
“The beer in central Novgorod ran out today after the Swedish success,” Carl Eriksson, a Swede who made the journey, told a local newspaper called Corren. “That alone shows how many of us there are here and the party atmosphere there is.”
Nizhny Novgorod didn’t allow outsiders into the city until 1989, but it’s seeing plenty of them all at once now. The next match is on June 21, when Argentina plays Croatia. Let’s hope they re-stocked the kegs.