Around 30 Algerian-Americans gathered at the Arab Cultural Center in San Jose, Calif. on Monday afternoon to cheer on their national team against the heavily favored Germany soccer team.
Chakib Khamici, who helped organize the viewing, said there are around 500 Algerian families in the San Francisco Bay Area. At some of the World Cup viewings for Algeria he organized, especially if they were on the weekend, over 100 people would pack into the center to watch the game.
Before the match, some in attendance picked what they felt would be the final score of the game. Most picked Algeria to win.
The prize was this beautiful tart cake made by Souad Medjoubi that looked like the Algeria flag. It was made of kiwi, banana and strawberry. However because of Ramadan, it could not be enjoyed until sundown.
Every time Algeria came close to scoring the fans jumped out of their seats.
During the break after the end of regulation and before extra time the fans grabbed a moment of fresh air outside and a possible soak from a water soaker...
Khamici rued the misses Algeria had in regulation. “If they scored in the beginning it would have been a totally different game.” But then he shrugged his shoulders, and said with a smile “At least now we will concentrate on Ramadan!”