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Berlin's Brandenburg Gate
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Network Europe World Cup Special

The programme this week comes from Berlin’s Olympic Stadium – one of the venues of the upcoming World Cup.


Anti-Hooliganism gets tough

English football fans have a mighty reputation. Now, The British government wants to change that. About three and a half thousand Brits, previously convicted of football related violence, will have to hand in their passports to UK Police this week.

Football – fatigue?

Several of the most fancied teams failed to impress at the last World Cup in 2002. Argentina, France and Portugal were all knocked out as early as the group stage. What happened? Some commentators believe that a lot of the world’s best players were exhausted by the time the World Cup came around.

Boon for the world’s oldest profession?

The World Cup means big business. But what about the oldest trade of them all – prostitution? It’s legal in Germany and sex workers have set up their very own villages on the outskirts of the football festivities. Many women are expected to be arriving in Germany from Poland. Hot on their heels, are a group of polish catholic nuns, determined to make the women and their potential clients see the error of their ways…

Beware: Vikings in caravans!

Another issue for fans is getting to the games. Tickets aren’t the easiest to get hold of and they aren’t cheap. Then, there’s the travel expenses and hotels. To cut costs – some thrifty Swedish fans have come up with a clever idea. Hoards of them are planning on caravaning around Germany during the World Cup. It’s certainly a good way to get to the various games which are being held in 12 different cities…

Closing Music:  “GOLEO VI’s 2006 FIFA World Cup Dance Mix”, Bamboo

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