- 27 May 06, 01:58 PM
LONDON - It's one of the longest games of keepy-uppy the world has seen. Two England fans are kicking a football - and not just any ball, what they call the 'olympic torch for the World Cup' - from the UK to Germany.
Then they enjoyed the highs of football with Tibetan monks, the lows of someone stealing the ball in China - they asked for it back - and found that an impromptu game broke down barriers in every country en route.
"The guiding light of the whole trip is serendipity" says Christian. "Carrying a football got us out of tricky situations and into places we wouldn't have been able to go - like Kyrgyzstan."
This time, the first fixture is at exotic Battersea Park, London on Sunday, "Bring a light and a dark top for mob football", before they head to Europe to play at Ypres, Belgium, and on the former line of the iron curtain in Germany.
"Yes" they get sore feet. "No" they couldn't possibly say if it's just the one ball that's used. But everyone is allowed a kick: "Our job is to make everybody feel that they're part of the World Cup, so countries that don't qualify but are en route are part of it too."