Bruce Arena's evening stroll
- 22 Jun 06, 12:15 AM
NUREMBERG - You, the readers, decided that we should watch Holland versus Argentina on a big screen rather than try to buy tickets for a dead-rubber match between Ivory Coast and Serbia & Montenegro at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
One was a fairly low-key draw between two teams keeping their powder dry for forthcoming encounters, the other sounded like an electrifying match betweens two sides desperate to leave the tournament with some points.
However, that is not to say that the evening was without a moment of fleeting excitement (if you could call it that).
Ricco and I headed to the Fans Fest, which is close to the stadium and, happily, our campsite.
Unfortunately there was just about nobody there so we ventured into town and settled down at a bratwurst place to watch the match.
Kick-off is but minutes away when I suddenly hear lots and lots of clapping.
I look to see what is causing such well-mannered commotion and observe USA coach Bruce Arena taking an evening stroll.
Could you imagine Sven (not Svan) leisurely walking through Nuremberg's old town the evening before England play a World Cup match in the same city?
To be fair, as the clapping gave way to chants of "USA" over and over and over again, Bruce looked slightly bemused and just a touch embarrassed.
There don't appear to be too many people around from Ghana, though the few that are seem to be congregated outside the hotel the team are staying in near the train station.
When England did the same thing fans from the host country - and doubtless various others - kept the team up all night but I don't think the Ghanaians will have the same problem.
The undoubted highlight of my day, though, came early this morning.
I reached into the furthest reaches of my rucksack in the desperate search for clean socks and stumbled across three pairs. Unbelievable.
Ricco and I are probably going to be in the Leipzig area over the weekend but don't know too much about it. Anybody been there?
And we were thinking of watching the England match on Sunday in the village of Colditz, which is closeish to Leipzig. Is that a good idea?
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