Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Germany gears up for the World Cup

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shows up in Barcelona for the for the Euromed summit, and pronounces that the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany will be a chance to present a friendly and modern view of the country to the rest of the world.

"Germany is a football-mad country which is open to the world," Merkel said in a letter on the German government's official website for the World Cup.

"I am convinced that the excitement and the understanding of different peoples will shine out from the World Cup in Germany around the whole world," she added Monday (yesterday).

"We look forward to welcoming fans from the whole world, who will make our stadiums even more colourful and lively. They are all heartily welcome."

Except the Poles apparently.

The Telegraph reports that around 100 German and Polish hooligans staged a mass brawl in a wood on the German side of the border on Sunday afternoon. A 100-strong German police team stopped and searched 45 Germans who had travelled in 15 cars and a busload of 53 Poles after receiving information about the planned fight near the village of Briesen, 37 miles east of Berlin.

One of the Germans stopped on Sunday had been convicted for his part in the rioting in Lens at the 1998 World Cup.

The host nation has not had the easiest build-up to the finals with German away fans rioting during the friendly match at Slovenia in March this year and then in September's friendly in Slovakia.

Yeah right, Frau Merkel! I'm sure it'll be very colourful and lively!

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Gavin Corder's Blog: Policeman beaten by German hooligans invited to World Cup
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Blogger Sarnia said...

Interesting piece. I can't wait for it to start! (The WC that is - not the violence).

Tue Nov 29, 11:15:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous clive dallas said...

can't see there not being riots at this world cup, especially when the germans crash out early doors!

Tue Nov 29, 11:21:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Span Ows said...

They were all here Sunday to welcome me back...they also had some non-important summit re mountains and Mohammed...;-)

Tue Nov 29, 02:30:00 PM GMT  

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