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10 tasty football snacks from around the world that you have to try

Food and football often go hand in hand, but most supporters in the UK can hope for little more than meat pies and cups of cheap tea

By Jamie Spencer
Food and football often go hand in hand, but most supporters in the UK can hope for little more than indeterminate meat pies, cups of cheap tea and Bovril.
Bored of the usual fare? Have a look at these tasty snacks that football fans from around the world get to enjoy on match days.
Warning: involuntary salivation may occur.

10. Chin Chin
The fact that chin chin is fried and easy to eat makes it an excellent choice of snack for watching football. Popular in west Africa, but predominantly in Nigeria, it is made from a wheat dough that is rolled into balls and then fried. The end product is a sweet snack that is not so different from a small doughnut.
Though better eaten fresh from roadside vendors, chin chin is so popular it is regularly sold pre-packed in shops.

9. Cevapi
Cevapi is a popular Balkan sausage kebab, but is a real favourite in Bosnia and Herzegovina where it is often regarded as a national dish and is usually eaten before, during and after games.
Served in a hot flat bread, cevapi is made from seasoned ground meat, most often beef, but sometimes pork or lamb and cooked over hot coals to impart a charred smoky flavour. The traditional topping features chopped onions with sour cream and cottage cheese.

8. Biltong
A type of cured, dried meat not dissimilar to the beef jerky that is ubiquitous across America, South Africa’s Biltong can be made from various meats, but is often produced with local game such as kudu and springbok.
Visiting fans immersing themselves in local tastes and culture at the 2010 World Cup could enjoy the tasty delicacy as a slightly healthier option than the usual fast food choices. High in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates, in some ways Biltong is the perfect snack.

7. Empanada
Small pasty-like treats, empanadas are a hugely popular snack in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. With so many different varieties across the continents, no two are seemingly ever the same. The bread or pastry is filled with meat, vegetables or cheese before being baked or fried. Sweet versions also exist.
A handheld snack and perfect for watching football, empanadas are delicious and extremely more-ish.

6. Poutine
A Canadian staple, poutine doesn’t always look very aesthetically pleasing, but its combination of French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds is a real winner.
Originating in the French Canadian province of Quebec, poutine is now widely enjoyed across the whole country and is a popular pre-match choice for fans supporting MLS teams in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Daring individuals may opt for additional toppings such as pulled pork, bacon, beef and even lobster.

5. Souvlaki
Anyone who has ever been to Greece will know how easy it is to find somewhere selling souvlaki. Usually made with seasoned pork, but sometimes chicken or lamb and grilled on a skewer, souvlaki is wrapped up in a warm flat bread and is one of the world’s ultimate handheld foodstuffs.
The addition of tzatziki sauce, salad and even fries to the sandwich make it a complete meal in one, perfect for consuming on the way to a clash in the Greek Super League.

4. Frites with Mayonnaise
Belgium is a country that is often unfairly condemned as boring, but it’s offering to the food world cannot be underestimated. Widely known for beer and chocolate, the country is also famous for its love of chips.
Locally known as frites, fans of all levels of Belgian football can enjoy a cone on a match day, served with a generous helping of mayonnaise on top – simplicity at its finest.

3. Currywurst
An iconic part of German popular culture, Currywurst secured its place in history when a Berliner mixed ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder obtained from British soldiers in the late 1940s to create the famous sauce for the first time.
The sauce is slathered all over a steamed or boiled, then fried and sliced sausage and eaten out of a tray at football stadiums up and down Germany. Additional paprika and fried onions are also options.

2. Chivito
The term ‘chivito’ literally means ‘baby goat’, but this Uruguayan sandwich of the same name contains no such filling. It is said that the hugely popular snack, often eaten en route to football games, was named as a result of a misunderstanding with an Argentinian customer at a Montevideo restaurant in 1946.
Consisting of a bun laden with sliced beef, mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise and olives, as well as occasionally bacon, egg and ham, the chivito is regularly a source of Uruguayan pride, just like their national team.

1. Choripán with Chimichurri
Enjoyed by fans in Argentina, where it originated, the choripán is also a popular choice across much of South America. Deemed the ultimate Argentinian street food, the choripán is a perfect match for the atmosphere and excitement of a tense Primera Division encounter.
A chorizo style sausage, cooked on a flaming grill, is deliciously cradled in a maraqueta, a type of soft Chilean bread, or crusty baguette and topped with chimichurri, an accompanying sauce made from various herbs, garlic, oil and vinegar.

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