If you can’t make it to Brazil for the World Cup, then right here in Marbella is a great place to enjoy it! With glorious sunshine, sandy beaches and lots of bronzed bodies around, Marbella is about as good a substitute for the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema as you’ll find. In addition, it has such a multinational community of residents from all over the world that there are supporters from each and every country out in force to support their home teams, added to by those flocking here in the summer months. It’s the perfect setting for a friendly World Cup party atmosphere, and don’t forget, Spain are the reigning world champions! Ranked the best team in the world, having won the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, the Spanish football team is looking to break all records and make it four titles in a row. It is some challenge to set yourself, but La Roja (the Reds) will be hotly supported by lively, enthusiastic crowds. The Spanish love their football, and bars, restaurants and cafés will be adorned with red and gold national flags and buzzing with excitement as they screen the many matches of the tournament. To soak up the traditional Spanish atmosphere, head to any of the traditional tapas bars in Marbella Old Town, San Pedro or any of the local towns along the coast, where you will find packed cafés, cold beer on tap, passionate Spanish commentary and a rush of Latin fervour and exhilaration. For England followers, Puerto Banús is the place to be. The port’s second line is a cobbled alley with a procession of lively bars and pubs, all boasting giant television screens, bubbly staff and flags from all countries hanging from the rafters. Dutch supporters can be found at Hestia, in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo, a fun and animated spot from which to follow all of Holland’s games as local residents and holidaymakers from the Netherlands transform the bar into a vivacious sea of orange. Americans can watch all the USA games on large screens over plates of burgers and ribs at Jack’s Brasserie on Puerto Banús’ frontline. This American-themed restaurant is a popular dining spot and has a great vibe during major sporting events. French fans will gather at bistros in Marbella, supporters of the Squadra Azzurra will head to Italian eateries and German crowds will throng in bars and cafés serving Warsteiner and Paulaner, while Argentineans and Brazilians will wish their teams to success in South American steakhouses and cafés – just some of the nationalities that will add further life and colour to what is promising to be an animated summer.