MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Fifa loses face in 2006 World Cup bidding

The violence by England fans at Euro 2000 was deemed by the press to be the final straw for England’s failed World Cup 2006 bid. Howls of protest by South Africa failed to dampen the mood of the Germans after their surprise victory, with their figure-head Franz Beckenbauer proving the truth of the old footballing adage, ’you can never write off the Germans’.

The violence by England fans at Euro 2000 was deemed by the press

to be the final straw for England’s failed World Cup 2006 bid. Howls of

protest by South Africa failed to dampen the mood of the Germans after

their surprise victory, with their figure-head Franz Beckenbauer proving

the truth of the old footballing adage, ’you can never write off the

Germans’.



With many predicting a South African win as a foregone conclusion, the

Germans enlisted the help of supermodel Claudia Schiffer. But the media

and former German soccer star Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested that it

was really Beckenbauer who was responsible for the victory.



England’s bid may have been doomed from the start after failing to gain

UEFA’s support, because the FA allegedly broke a ’gentleman’s agreement’

with Germany. The abstention of New Zealand FIFA delegate Charlie

Dempsey against claims of bribery and political skulduggery prompted

increasing calls for FIFA to change the voting system for future World

Cup bids.





Analysis and commentary by Echo Research.



Cuttings by Durrants. More information can be found at:

www.echoResearch.com.



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