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.