Not The Boys From Brazil  

Fallic40 54M
3214 posts
2/9/2006 9:02 pm
Not The Boys From Brazil

Now this is the first World Cup related blog of the year for me, and rest assured that as an arrogant, obnoxious, 3 Lion sporting, St. George Cross wearing, beer drinking (and beer sweating and beer farting), hooligan of the England fan variety, it will not be the last. Hold on just a moment while I start singing.

Eng-a-land Eng-a-land Eng-a-land

Eng-a-land Eng-a-land Eng-a-land

Eng-a-land Eng-a-land Eng-a-land


Ok I know it is very simple but, fuck it, it has to in order to be sung correctly by 90,000 drunken fans.

But anyway, the silly season has just started and the international intrigue is just beginning. England and Germany is a potential second round game and the anglo-german fun and games is under way. The German authorities have threatened 2 weeks in jail for any England fans caught goose stepping a la Basil Fawlty while in the country. (I am sure that the jails are very clean and very efficiently ran.)

If that is the worst thing England fans do in Germany, then the country will be getting off very lightly indeed. I have played soccer against German touring teams that featured aggravation far nastier than that. In one game, one of our defenders told a German player than his grandad had shot the German's grandad in the war. That game ended shortly thereafter with a general melee involving all players. (As I looked at it, it was for Queen and Country.)

Today, my favorite trashy newspaper ran the following ‒ and you know what ‒ they actually have a point here. I know I would be rushing to get help from a police car with a picture of Hitler on the side!


German police cartoon resembles Hitler

German Ministry of Interior receives complaints cartoon character posted by German police on official World Cup 2006 Web site resembles Hitler .

A welcome campaign for World Cup fans designed by the German police has embarrassed the local Ministry of Interior after complaints were received that a cartoon character on the tournament’s Web site looks like Adolf Hitler.

The character, which is seen smiling and holding a globe on its finger, wears a military-style cap, British newspaper The Sun reported on Thursday. A splodge on the character's face, meant to be a nose, looks like a Hitler moustache.

The German police said the character, which was designed by a well-known German caricaturist, does not resemble Hitler. “It is arguable whether people would think it was Hitler ‒ unless the resemblance was pointed out,” a police spokesman said.

A senior German official told The Sun that there was never an intention to depict Hitler.
"It is not clear how people can relate the smiling character to Hitler. The friendly logo is an ambassador of the German police and we are impatiently waiting for the football tournament, hoping it will pass peacefully,” they said.


Said Polizei insignia is attached here for one and all to peruse. Perhaps the artist was Colonel Klink? But I know nut-ting, nut-ting at all.

tillerbabe 57F

2/9/2006 10:54 pm


womanoirish 55F

2/9/2006 11:58 pm

It's a splodge alright.

Good grief, the first game doesn't start until JUNE and they're already worried about it? Wonder what would happen if the fans showed up in Quidditch outfits and brooms? Would dragons be considered soccer hooligans?

just don't mention the walk!

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
2/10/2006 9:39 am

tiller, not exactly the statement that the police wanted to make........ or was it?

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
2/10/2006 9:41 am

womanoirish, the brooms would obviously be confiscated under the guise of being a weapon and the robes would be confiscated because the police would immediately figure that there was a cmplete armory and wet bar being smuggled into the stadium underneath them.

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
2/10/2006 9:45 am

sil, what it really points to is how sensitive many issues still are just in Europe. It is no coincidence that England considers Germany, France, Spain, and Argentina among it biggest soccer rivals. They have fought wars against the three european nations for a thousand years, and the war over the Falklands comes into play whenever England plays Argentina.

The rivalry between England and the Republic of Ireland and also with Scotland are even more intense. Soccer has, for the most part, replaced war in Europe.

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