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
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
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