Therefore, FIFA lay on well organised but ultimately sanitised 'Fan Fests' - such as the one on Rio's Copacabana - where you can watch the games, drink overpriced beer and increase your chances of developing diabetes through Coca Cola products.
They're fun but, ultimately, the football equivalent of getting lashed at a shopping mall, at thrice the price.
Rio de Janeiro has its own solution.
It's called the 'Alzirao' - or 'big Alzira' - named after the street Alzira Brandao, where it is located.
And it was some party. Everyone was decked head to toe in Brazil kit, men and women, young and old, with a convivial, carnival atmosphere that has to be sampled if you're in Rio for these finals.Costa Rica match.
They were loving it, and the locals were delighted that one Chelsea fan was wearing a Brazil shirt featuring the name of Seleccao hero Oscar.
A young German named Sebastian wandered along solo. He also had tickets for England-Costa Rica but wanted to sample Rio's nightlife and was told by his temporary landlord that this was the place to be. He elected to stay on for the party.
The pictures speak for themselves, but probably the highlight for me was the half-time interval, where impromptu samba acts entertained fans as they danced the break away:
I'd never seen anything like it, and - after this experience - the thought of sitting down to watch a match in a chain pub near a mainline railway station can no longer be countenanced.
Brazil were unable to find a way past the Mexicans, but there appeared to be little disappointment as fans drifted into the night looking for another party.
This sprawling juggernaut of a country may not be fully prepared to host a World Cup in the manner to which those in the developed world are accustomed.
But they know how to throw a party and, even if congestion problems around stadia will give fans nightmares, at least there's an unrivalled option to fall back on.
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