The FIFA World Cup 2006 is of particular interest to me this time because it is being hosted in Germany. Obviously, a large number of English football fans were already making their way to Germany (see: More England Fans flood Frankfurt). In order to keep the order, English fans were warned that they would face tougher action in the event of any Fan violence (see: England fans face tougher action).
The England supporters must understand that we are guests in Nuremberg, and that our behaviour has to be as the guests.Given the history of english fan violence (see: Timeline - England Football violence), the British police will be patrolling the streets of Germany alongside their German counterparts in an effort to help (see picture). This is a great way to help the fans and bridge any cultural gaps that may produce any misunderstandings with the authorities (see: British bobbies charm Frankfurt). This was the first time that uniformed officers of a different nationality were patrolling the streets of Germany after the war (see: Q&A - Worldcup Policing). Quite obviously, this was a hit with tourists from all over the world.
- Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas.British Police.
Also worth a mention was the Football fans' visit to the former concentration camp at Dachau (see: In pictures - World Cup fans visit Dachau). The visit was organized by Mark Perryman who felt it would be a good idea to put things into perspective.
Our rivalry with the Germans is about football not two world wars. It seemed appropriate to give up a morning here to remember the Holocaust.Its quite a pleasure to see such a level of cooperation between governments - Given the history that the two nations share.
- Mark Perryman, Organizer
I cannot help but compare this to the Indo-Pak matches. Both India and Pakistan have shown equal level of cooperation, but we have a long way to go before we can see something of this magnitude. But i remain hopeful :)
Image credits: BBC
Also see: BBC Sport and Radio 1's World Cup Pool on Flickr.