World Cup 2006 Blog

From our reporters in Germany

When Svan hit a gate

paul_fletcher.gifHAMBURG - Disaster struck this afternoon.

We were on our way to visit Ricco's grandparents, almost there, when an approaching car forced Ricco to move over to one side of the narrow lane.

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Is it ok to wave the German flag?

claire_stocks2.gifLONDON - This blog has many German readers (and indeed readers from all over the world).

So bearing in mind how the country will be gripped for Friday's quarter-final against Argentina in Berlin, I thought it would be interesting to get a take on the issue of German patriotism, which has cropped up in quite a few of our blog debates.

I asked one reader, 29-year-old Antje - who was born in Rostock in the former East Germany but has lived in London for four years - for her thoughts on following her country.

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Lovin' an escalator

BERLIN - Unexpected interest in the German escalator phenomenon obliges me to explain. (Though Eva did a pretty good job in her response to my last post.)


Basically the escalators don't move until someone approaches, when sensors pick up the movement. If you're at the bottom, it then carries you up. If you're at the top, it carries you down, unless there's already someone on the way up, in which case you have to wait till they get off.

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Brazil v Argentina - who wins?

mandeep_sanghera.gifON A TRAIN TO DORTMUND - Making my way around Germany I've noticed a contest between Brazil and Argentina exists on - and off the pitch.

I've seen Brazil play twice at this tournament and was in town when they beat Ghana last time out and there’s one thing that stands out.

When the samba kings are around everybody suddenly becomes a Brazilian.

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The two sides of Sven-Goran Eriksson

phil_mcnulty.gifBADEN-BADEN - Sven-Goran Eriksson is showing signs of finally coming out fighting - and finally running out of patience with constant criticism.

Eriksson's sudden switches of formation and personnel in Germany have led to understandable fears that he is formulating his World Cup policy on the hoof, overseeing a movable feast of tactical changes that may end in a World Cup famine.

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Team of the tournament - as rated by you

team_of_tournament2_203.gifLONDON - For the past two weeks many of you have been judging the performances of every team's World Cup players using our Player Rater.

Yesterday we had a look at how England's players measured up according to your ratings.

Today we've aggregated your votes to show which players have got the highest overall rating in each position, to make up the team of the tournament so far - check it out and tell me if you agree. We've also worked out the overall top 10 best and worst rated players...

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Scolari’s secret weapon

paul_fletcher.gif BREMEN - Luis Felipe Scolari seems to have the irksome knack of emerging victorious when it comes to matches against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England.

As Brazil manager at the World Cup in 2002 and as boss of Portugal at Euro 2004 he defeated England at the quarter-final stage - and one guy I spoke to told me it was because he has some friends in pretty high places...

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