Four years ago I was lucky enough to travel to Germany to be part of “The World Cup Experience”. With today marking the start of the 2010 World Cup I thought I’d pull my finger out and write something in honour of the fact that it was blogging that allowed me to have such a brilliant experience.
And so, in no particular order, here are some of my memories of Germany 2006.
Meeting New People
The blog I wrote for was http://www.weallspeakfootball.com and the name of the site really summed up the feeling in Germany. People from all over the world were thrown together in a flat in the centre of Berlin and yet there were never really moments of silence or issues with people getting along, football united us all and I made friends with some fantastic people.
Special mentions go out to:
Nicole and Martina who introduced me to Berlin, tolerated my constant questioning of German culture and forever changed my opinion of German people.
Gabe B, dutch pop idol superstar, kebab lover and awesome blogger / vlogger.
Erik Visser, one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met and the only person I’ve been lucky enough to meet up with again (although very briefly) since 2006.
Everyone who signed the England flag I took with me over to Germany. Those who signed are forever immortalised in image format (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradfieldsbrain/sets/72157594179241507/) apart from the one couple who wouldn’t have their picture taken because they were blatantly having an affair.
Absolute madness when Germany won. Roads were blocked, people danced and sang and anyone was allowed to join in the party.
Wow, just wow. Possibly just beats Pepe’s craziness in Real v Getafe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHFkYEbwrQ0) as the most mental thing I have ever seen happen in a game of football.
The image of Zidane walking past the World Cup after he’d been sent off is something I will always remember.
Losing on Penalties Again
The aforementioned Erik Visser summed this up better than I ever could – http://not-on.tv/vlog/files/2009/08/060701_england-portugal_480.mov
Here’s to a successful World cup 2010 and to seeing Gerrard lift the trophy on 11th July!