Revelry Watch: Portugal-Spain Soccer Match Wednesday

Futbol fever: Ironbound prepares for crucial Spain-Portugal soccer matchup

Portugal and Spain face off Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. for the right to play for the European championship on Sunday. Italy and Germany play Thursday in the other semifinal.

With each successive victory over the last two weeks, the cheers in the streets grew louder and the celebrations more raucous for the Portuguese team, which has a larger population here.

Street celebrations over soccer are one of the many charms of the neighborhood. It’s like a mini Portugal Day Festival—Ferry Street literally shuts down for revelers.

Star Ledger: At a Newark-based soccer cl…

Star Ledger: At a Newark-based soccer club, athletes score state titles, college educations

Barely two-years old, it does not have access to a soccer field, using a church basement in Newark for practice. Many of its athletes, mostly immigrants from Latin America and Africa, cannot afford to pay any member fees, making the club reliant on donations to stay afloat.

But these three dozen young men from North Jersey are turning heads. Last year, the club took home the under-20 and under-23 titles of the New Jersey Soccer Association state cup. In two months, the team will take on the nation’s best clubs at the Dallas Cup, a premier, invitation-only youth soccer tournament.

“We don’t have many resources, but when we play, we beat,” said one of its players, Johan Romero, 18.

Brick City has heart.