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Swedes head to Fitzrovia and Marylebone for World Cup clash with England

'One guy is coming with his Swedish fiancée and he said if Sweden win he is going to take her surname'

06 July, 2018 — By William McLennan

Bar staff Monika Marcinkeviciute and Kaine Smith-Page show their support

FOR the 22 players who walk out onto the Samara Arena on Saturday, there is undoubtedly a lot at stake.

But the footballers are not the only ones with much riding on the outcome. For one punter at the Nordic Bar, in Fitzrovia, the result could deter­mine what he’s called for the rest of his life.

“One guy is coming with his Swedish fiancée and he said if Sweden win he is going to take her surname,” Ellie Millington, the bar’s manager, said of one of its customers.

Swedes looking to avoid being drowned out by rivals are expect­ed to seek out the wood-panelled bar in New­man Street.

But of bookings taken so far, there’s a fairly even split between home and away fans, Ms Millington said.

“When you’ve got those two teams in the one venue you might think there would be trouble, but I know that’s not going to happen because the Swedish people are so nice,” she said.

Swedish meatballs, known as Köttbullar, washed down with the herbal spirit aquavit, are recommended for those looking for the full Scandi experience.

Some of the remain­ing 60,000 Swedes who call London home are likely to be found in Marylebone, known as “Little Sweden” thanks to the Scandinavian businesses surrounding the Swedish Church in Harcourt Street.

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