Kolsch whets the whistle
- 19 Jun 06, 10:46 AM
COLOGNE - If there was an international football party circuit, Cologne would be on it. With its famous Kolsch beer, pretty sights, and an eclectic stumble of fans, it has buzzed with good-natured banter all weekend.
Every time you turn the corner of a beerhaus-lined street in the old town it’s to find more and more of the latest guests are England fans – and the police have told us they hope they will behave.
They feel the travelling support could be on the verge of establishing a better reputation in Europe after the mostly peaceful visits to Frankfurt and Nuremberg.
The test continues over the next couple of days.
So many England fans are due in town that Cologne has set up an extra big screen Fan Fest on the opposite side of the river to cope with the tens of thousands expected to watch the match.
The man in charge of British bobbies on the ground, Supt Roger Evans says the level of trouble so far is no different to a Saturday night in town in the UK.
And that’s probably fair - the only difference here is the endless singing and chanting.