Posted: 6/10/2006


  I hope that you all managed to find a TV to watch the first 2 matches. Some of yo probably watched the FREAKS SHOW from Miamai and Dallas. I think that the Costa Ricans  will be home in San Jose before their postcards arrive-BUT I believe they won the toss!!. Anyway after watching their sad performance in Salt Lake City a while back vs USA I think Paulo Wanchope did provide a ray of hope. BIG SUPRISE at  0-2 loss for Poland. There is a local boy from Rosenheim, Bastian Sweinsteiger, on the German starting XI who everyone round here is proud of. I bumped into Gunther Netzer, former German and Real Madrid player outside the Hofbrauhaus yesterday, along with Sepp Blatter and fornmer FIFA pres Joao Havelange.  Funny thing. On their rear car windows was a sticker that said NO TICKETS INSIDE- as a warning the cars weren't worth breaking into!!!
  The city was a beautiful mad house.  I was in the Marrianplatz and then the Viktuelmark and then the Hobrauhaus experienceing the excitement before heading out to Allianz Arena on the packed U6 train.
Meanwhile Duke players and staff got a quick fun history lesson outside the OLD Town Hall which is only 45 years old after the bombing and cycled on a 4 hour tour for lunch and brew at the Chinese Turm-tower- in the Englischer Garten then to OlympiaPark with a hundred thousand fans for a FANFEST and WC viewing.
  Today we go to FLATAU, in Austrian Salzkammergut  Sound of Music Region,  90 minutes away to play Moscow DYNAMO. Before that watch  England-Paraguay then miss out on T&T vs Sweden due to their match then watch Argentina-Ivory Coast. Monday to nearby Chiemsee and Herrenchiemsee by 15 minute steamer to Mad King Ludwig II Palace on the island, modelled on Versailles, with a Hall of Mirrors and outside fountains and spectacular gardens.
Then next day to Hertzogenaurach near Nuremberg and then Gelsenkirchen for USA vs Czech Republic-leaving at 3 .00AM!!!
  At Hertzogenaurach are the adidas, puma, nike etc. outlet stores. The city is home to Adidas and Puma. Just after the war Adi Dassler and his brother, who had made running shoes for 1936 Berlin Olympics had a falling out. Adi former ADIDAS and his brother PUMA- half a mile apart and never spoke to each other again.
More later...