Duke Blue Devils had a good experience in Austria yesterday. Drove 2 hours to FLACHAU www.flachau.at or.com to Luxury HQ of Moscow Dynamo www.lacknerhof.at Lackner family has had coat of arms since 1691 and has their own bottled water lacknerwasserquelle from their own spring(quelle) under the hotel. Big swinging winter ski resort with 7-8 ski runs.for lunch and then match on pitch which was built for Paraguay WC team who stayed there 2 weeks prior. At 3.000 ft and surrounded by mountains and Alpine meadows. Mt Griesseukar was biggest.
Played well against Moscow Dynamo who have a $50 million budget. They started 5 Russian National team players and 6 players from Portugal, Brasil and Argentina. Also had some African players on squad.
Only 1-0 at half then 2 more goals in second half. Watched England-Paraguay in hotel before hand and afterwards we all had a buffet dinner and Argentina vs Ivory Coast OR in German elphantbienkote !!! Duke-Moscow match refereed by Brugger from Salzburg who refereed USA vs Germany in Rostock a year ago and does UEFA and Austrian Bundesliga matches.
Today we took them to Chiemsee, Bavaria's Ocean, and a short ferry to Herrenchiemsee Island and walk thru woods to Palace built by Mad King Ludwig II until he ran out of money. and only spent 10 days there. The Hall of Mirrors is longer than the one in Versailles.
Monday 3.00 am get up for long drive to Gelsenkirchen for USA-Czech with brief stop at Outlet stores at Herzonanaurach, home of Adidas and Puma.
Lazy afternoon here watching 3 World Cup matches. more news at www.goduke.com
More later, gotta go and watch those WC matches.