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From our reporters in Germany

Our van won't start!

paul_fletcher.gifA CAR PARK, TROISDORF - The problem with Svan, our mobile home, is that it won't start.

We went to watch the Ivory Coast play a friendly match at their training ground in Troisdorf against the local team that normally calls the Aggerstadion home.

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The Elephants team comprised the players that did not figure against Argentina on Saturday and dished out a 9-0 hammering in a 30-minutes each-way match.

Ricco and I then made our way back to Svan and prepared to head off to Frankfurt. Several hours later, with the time just gone nine in the evening here in Germany, we remain in a less than picturesque car park.

Several phone calls culminated in a conversation with a breakdown firm in France and a mechanic is now, fingers- crossed, on his way.

I just hope that the mechanic is not coming all the way from France otherwise it could be a very long night!

Ricco and I only decided to come here to Troisdorf, close to Cologne, earlier today and, frankly, I'm starting to wish we hadn't bothered.

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Having said that, the match was entertaining in a totally one-sided way.

The locals packed out the ground ages before kick-off but the Ivory Coast boys did not turn up until after the scheduled kick-off time - the match eventually starting almost an hour late.

As if to make up for lost time, the Elephants opened the scoring in the second minute and led 7-0 at the break.

Arouna Kone completed a hat-trick inside 15 minutes and the Troisdorf keeper was put out of his misery at the break, failing to appear for the second half.

Didier Drogba and the other big names watched from the dugout and, after the final whistle, the Chelsea striker caused a wave of excitement as he wandered around the edge of the ground patiently signing autographs - including a 'Fletch and Ricco' Sport Relief T-shirt.

Click here to watch the video.

Drogba, incidentally, had a bit of a limp after apparently picking up a knock to his ankle against Argentina.

Eventually, the locals, pleased with their chance to watch some World Cup players at such close quarters, filed out of the stadium, followed shortly afterwards by the Ivory Coast team coach.

Alas for Ricco and I we could only look on jealously.

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  • 1.
  • At 09:56 PM on 11 Jun 2006,
  • Jamhot wrote:

This is Jamhot

I say, this is Jamhot

Keep on rockin' in da free world, Fletch

No dramas

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  • 2.
  • At 10:00 PM on 11 Jun 2006,
  • Jamhot wrote:

This is Jamhot

I say, this is Jamhot

Keep on rockin' in da free world, Fletch

No dramas

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  • 3.
  • At 10:28 PM on 11 Jun 2006,
  • Mollie wrote:

hehehe . . . i'm an american living in france . . . yeah, the mechanic probably is coming from france. but don't worry, he hasn't left here yet! he'll leave tomorrow morning some time before lunch! and of course he'll break for a nice, long, two hour lunch. . . just make sure he isn't too drunk when he works on svan.

bon chance and bon courage :)

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I was able to see the Serbia & Montenegro VS Holland Game. In spite of Serbia & Montenegro attempting to defend itself, Holland managed to get one goal and remain with one goal until the end of the game.

Group D Started with Mexico VS Iran. I was able to enjoy part of the game on Radio Caracol and on the television sets in a Miami Shopping Mall [where many store owners watched the World Cup with their employees]. The score was 1 to 0 in favor of Mexico [while I was having Coffee at a Coffee Shop].

Afterwards, I was able to see some part of the game. Finally, I went to an electronic store [where the owners and employees were watching the World Cup] and inquired about Mexico VS Iran. Their reply: "Mexico 3 Iran 1". It was a great game [even though I was able to appreciate portions of the game].

I am still writing from the shopping mall and I am seeing Portugal 1 Angola 0. I will be back later.

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  • 5.
  • At 10:46 PM on 11 Jun 2006,
  • hannah wrote:

Why not take the useual british approach to camper vans breaking down? Firstly and most importantly put the kettle on, get out the biscuits and the tea :D

Then give the campervan club a call for advice as to how to make a great cup of tea, useing the over heated radio as a cheaper alternative to using the electric kettle.

Finally kick the engine in sandels. Ensureing a stubbed toe and a magically restarted engine :D

Good luck and have you checked the oil level :D
xxx

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I just finished hearing about Portugal's victory over Angola in a Miami Shopping Mall. I was at a computer store and one of the computers had a Windows Media Player and Radio Mundial [a Portuguese Radio Station transmitting over the internet].

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*** SVAN UPDATE ***

The mechanic has been and gone and will return first thing in the morning with a tow truck - there's a problem with the fuel pump.

So we're stuck in a car park with no amenities wondering if we'll ever get out of Troisdorf - such is life.

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  • 8.
  • At 12:07 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Simon Schafer wrote:

Are you sure that Svan has been taking enough water on board? He's obviously suffering in the heat!

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  • 9.
  • At 12:33 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Adam D wrote:

O God No Svan Is Well And Trully F**ked Now! dammit.

I guess that in typical english luck something else would go wrong, the fuel pump's now mukked up.

How comes you can't get a breakdown firm in Germany or in the area that you're currently in to come and fix SVAN!

Dont tell me that he's taking after SVEN in that once he's hot and flustered he just breaks down completly - both on and off the pitch!

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  • 10.
  • At 01:52 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Jonathan wrote:

good luck on restarting Sven boys.

Would be a real shame to have your reports from the rest of the WC limited to the daily activities of German car park attendants...

although methinks you could make event that vaguely amusing :)

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  • 11.
  • At 08:15 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Grace Stebbing wrote:

im really sorry that your van broke down. that is a toughie. i just wanted to say hi to my buddy erin!!!
ENGLAND RULES!

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  • 12.
  • At 09:19 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • MikeK wrote:

Have you had Svan scanned for broken metatarsal? Will it run again in the group matches or are we going to have to wait until knockout stages?

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  • 13.
  • At 09:30 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • maggie wrote:

Morning boys.
are you still in the car park or have you managed to venture out a bit further and get a wash etc.
Monday morning conversation here at work is all about how poor England were at the weekend.......not that we are gloating up here in Scotland. At least you are in the WC!!!!!

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  • 14.
  • At 09:31 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Degz wrote:

Oh dear but i have no pity for your broken down BIG mobile home, see if you would of used a vw split screen like in your thumbnail you could of travelled the world twice over.

But i hope you get things sorted as we all love the reports

Good Luck

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Is this Flech and Ricco from Maidstone and Brixton?
Hope so
Alls well here in Zambia .....keep up the good work
from
Barry and Sean in Zambia!

go on the England!

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  • 16.
  • At 09:42 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Ric wrote:

Even though you're stuck in the car park, you've both got one of the better jobs in life; it's not all bad.

All the best for your forthcoming adventure with the tow truck. =)

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Strewth!
Unlucky boyz re the camper truck - and best of luck with French efficiency or German co-operation

And I cannot believe that there is a Barry and Sean emailing/posting from Zambia! I'm from that neck of the woods (Chingola) and could NEVER get an internet connection powerful enough to post a blog.

laters from Billy in Oz

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  • 18.
  • At 10:17 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Barry Vandermaas wrote:

The trick is to bypass all comms beggining with a Z....go satelitte and broadband.....voila ...a good connection minus Zamsmell!
Shame someone has to live in Chingola!

Up the England from the Mfuwe England Fanclub eastern province Zamia!

Flech , Ricco is that u!

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  • 19.
  • At 10:28 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Mike wrote:

I'd rather be stuck in your Van all day surrounded by football atmos, than sitting here in this stuufy office at 30 degrees and no aircon!

Crack open a tinny lads and enjoy it!

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Barry

appreciate the advice re Zamsmell - but what is a Vandermass doing (a) in Mfuwe and (b) supporting England with a name like that???!!!!

also - Chingola used to be very nice...not so much now....but with the price of copper and reinvestment...you never know

best of luck mate

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*** SVAN UPDATE ***

We are now in a Fiat garage on the outskirts of Troisdorf waiting for the verdict on Svan.

More than two hours ago Svan pulled up outside the garage on the back of a tow truck. A very sorry looking sight.

Heinz is on the case, but the mutterings emanating from the service mechanic as he tried to start the engine did not fill us with hope.

Fingers crossed.

Oh, sorry to say Barry that I am not from Maidstone and Ricco is not from Brixton.

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  • 22.
  • At 10:52 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Neal Saferstein wrote:

Keep on rockin'

Neal Saferstein

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  • 23.
  • At 11:12 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • GUS wrote:


Sorry to here your plight lads, but its all in the name, svan obviously on its way out!!!!! have a good trip. gus, from Cairns OZ

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The car park where your van sits looks pretty capacious. Could the teams not come to you? England and T&T on Thursday. They do the football, you do breakfast for 22 in the morning and hot, sweet tea on tap.

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  • 25.
  • At 11:32 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • David wrote:

Bad luck to both of you re SVAN. However it would have been better if you were driving a McClaren! Seems like you have reached the knockout stages already. Let's hope England do the same!

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  • 26.
  • At 11:33 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Mel wrote:

Don't worry you aren't missing much Owen is still crap!

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  • 27.
  • At 11:54 AM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Rahul wrote:


Svan knocked out pretty early

I think the name was jinxed right from the beginning

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  • 28.
  • At 12:12 PM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Stephen Blythe wrote:

Paul's idea sounds great, as long a Budp*sser aren't doing the beer. Yanks know almost as little about that as they do football!!
Good luck with Svan!

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  • 29.
  • At 12:59 PM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • Barry Vandermaas wrote:

My Dads a dutchman ,
But I am born and bred in South London!
Chingola?.......i prefer Mfuwe I think...not so keen on the copperbelt!
VSAT go get it!
Come on the Spurs.....ooooh I mean INGERLAND!

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  • 30.
  • At 01:41 PM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • feralmoggy wrote:

I'm with hannah on making a cup of tea etc. From my experience of touring round New Zealand in a baby one of those, you might want to check that you have enough gas, fuel and water and that the battery works while your at the garage. First camping site I got to in one of those, I ran out of gas electric and water!

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