Chicago World Cup fans find common ground in Mexico, Poland match: ‘It’s all love at the end of the day’

Married couple Greg and Oralia Niewiadomski watch the Mexico vs. Poland World Cup game at A.J. Hudsons Public House at 3801 N Ashland Ave. Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Brian Rich/Sun-Times

Simone’s in Pilsen was divided into two sections early on Tuesday as a monumental World Cup match was about to get underway — one for fans of Mexico, the other for fans of Poland

The bar at 960 W. 18th St. was hoping to make room for the opposing fan bases for the morning’s FIFA World Cup game, considering the two countries that were going head to head account for two of Chicago’s largest immigrant populations.

But early on, Ania Pniwska, 41, was the lone supporter of Poland.

“I cleared my schedule for this,” she said, watching Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, the team’s all-time leading goal scorer, singing the country’s national anthem on the TV. “All our hopes are on him.”

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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