Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness slams FIFA over World Cup decision

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

Uli HoeneßGerman newspaper “Bild” is today reporting that Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has criticised FIFA’s decision to award the hosting of the World Cup to South Africa and that he said he will not be going because of safety fears.

The FIFA World Cup will be held in the Republic, and on African soil, for the first time from June 11.

But Bayern president Hoeness told the newspaper: “I will not travel to South Africa.

“I was never a fan of the World Cup being held in South Africa, or anywhere on the African continent, as long as safety aspects are not clarified 100 per cent.”

Hoeness did not say which “safety aspects” he was concerned about, but firmly blamed FIFA: “Sepp Blatter had to have it his way, but I have always thought it was wrong.

“Now it makes no sense to moan about it anymore, we simply have to try and make the best of it.”

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For the first time since 1966: No World Cup Song for England

Posted on January 16, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

For the first time since 1966 there will be no official song to mark England’s World Cup campaign, the FA has confirmed. According to an FA spokesman, the England management “want to be fully focused on the football” during their campaign in South Africa, although several unofficial anthems have been rumoured, including a reworking of 1990’s World in Motion by New Order.

So, as we can’t listen to a new song yet (no doubt web 2.0 will come up with something), here are some of the World Cup anthems from years gone by:

2006: Embrace – World At Your Feet

2002: Ant and Dec – We’re On The Ball

1998: England United – (How Does It Feel) To Be On Top Of The World

Also 1998 (although originally written for the European championships in 1996) Baddiel and Skinner/The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions 98 (1998)

1990: New Order – World In Motion

1982: England World Cup Squad – This time (we’ll get it right)

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