World Cup 2006 Blog

From our reporters in Germany

A brilliant beer beaker, eureka!

sam_wilson.gifBERLIN - You know when you go abroad and see an idea so simple you think "why don’t we do that at home?"


Well some German boffin with a fondness for his ale has come up with these plastic glasses being used at some stadiums and Fan Fests.

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Bremen happy to dodge World Cup

MartinBREMEN - You might expect that a club who applied to host World Cup matches, but was rejected, would feel particularly left out now.

And with Werder Bremen currently the second best club side in the country after a third successive Champions League qualification, you would think they are feeling hard done by.

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Win a table football signed by Sven

LONDON - In conjunction with Sport Relief, we are offering a first prize of a table football signed by England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and Brazil legend Pele. All you have to do is to answer the following question:

Fletch and Ricco are driving from London Television Centre to Berlin's Olympiastadion for the World Cup final. If they were to drive directly (and they are not!), which of the following three distances is closest to the number of miles they would clock up?

a/ 650 miles
b/ 1000 miles
c/ 1650 miles

To enter just text "Blog" plus your choice of (a) (b) or (c) to 82125

Full competition rules here and best of luck. As a special bonus from Fletch and Ricco, we can now add two special runners-up prizes of signed Shevchenko T-shirts, among other goodies, into the prize pot.

Check out on video when Fletch met Sheva

Blog Editor, Claire S

Rio happy to win ugly at World Cup

phil_mcnulty.gifBADEN-BADEN - Rio Ferdinand is happy to win the World Cup any way he can - style does not get the vote over substance.

And he even used former Arsenal striker Alan Smith, covering the tournament in Germany for a national newspaper, to make his point.

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Inside an England O.B.

paul_atherton.gifIBC, MUNICH - Match of the Day’s studio base during the World Cup is in Berlin. But for a few of the big games Gary Lineker and the team broadcast live from the stadium. Here Suzanne Whiston explains one of the key roles at an outside broadcast (OB)

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Biased Chinese commentator apologises

LONDON - China Central Television commentator Huang Jianxiang, who I blogged about yesterday following his over-enthusiastic commentary on Italy's last-minute defeat of Australia, has apologised.
The Associated Press reported the following statement posted on CCTV's website: "In the last minutes of the Italy-Australia game, I added too much personal emotion to my comments. What I said led to the viewers' displeasure, and they have expressed their views and criticisms, and I sincerely apologise."

Anyway, you can re-live every second of his fantastically biased five-minute rant, I mean commentary, here. (Sorry if this is stating the obvious, but it's in Chinese..).
Claire S, blog editor

What, no football?

paul_fletcher.gif HANNOVER - The World Cup might only happen once every four years but when it does it sure means business.

Three games a day for 11 consecutive days, followed by four games a day for four days and two games a day for the next four. And then what?

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Kung Fu fighting

paul_fletcher.gif HANNOVER - I saw something this evening that made my jaw drop.

Two photographers queuing for some kind of ticket, or pass, or whatever for Spain's game with France suddenly started fighting. It was truly remarkable.

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