December 30, 2005

England pick be the Black Forest as World Cup base

Sven-Goran Eriksson and the England team will be base themselves at the plush Schlosshotel Buhlerhohe in the Black Forest during the World Cup in Germany next year.

The venuue is close to the spa town of Baden-Baden and has 90 rooms. I'm thinking about popping along when in Germany and I'll put some photo's up.

December 23, 2005

Venues for Germany World Cup 2006

I'm not one for super long posts detailing everything that you need to know about a topic if somebody has already done it and no surprises here there are about 200 resources on the web about the venues to be used in Germany next year.

My preferred choice is the BBC venue guide. It's packed with information on the stadium - which is what you want to know.

If you're looking for something a little more detailed you should always pop along to the FIFA pages, as always they carry loads of information you'll never need or remember and you might get lost in the site but you can always close the window and try somewhere else.

December 14, 2005

Pele thinks England and Jose thinks Portugal

Let's dismiss the Portugal link straight away as Jose Mourinho isn't going to say anyone else especailly as he's probably going to accept the job as Portugal manager after Chelsea fail to or win the Champions League this season.

Let's not dismiss Pele telling us England could win the Wolrd Cup in Germany however, but let's take it with a pinch of salt. It was pele after all that told us an African team would win the tournament by 2002!

We are taking pretty much the same side that we took in 2002 and they should have figured out that each game is a cup final and we've actually gfot to go out and try to score goals. I'm all for Engladn winning in 2006 and I belive we will. Well said Pele.

December 13, 2005

World Cup tickets

Loads of people have asked me about tickets over the past few weeks and with the lottery starting on Monday I thought it a good time to explain how to get them.

First things first, the only official ticket agent is FIFA. Go visit the FIFA web site for full details of how tickets are sold and allocated and what to do and what not to do.

If anyone is claiming to be an official agent of FIFA go check the above link to see if they are.

December 09, 2005

World Cup 2006 groups

The groups have been allocated and England will feel confident of going through. Here is the full draw:

GROUP A - Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador

GROUP B - England, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden

GROUP C - Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia & Montenegro, Holland

GROUP D - Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal

GROUP E - Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic

GROUP F - Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan

GROUP G - France, Switzerland, South Korea, Togo

GROUP H - Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

December 06, 2005

England seeded for Germany 2006

England are seeded for the World Cup in Germany next year which was to be expected and means we'll miss out all the teams in the same pot to begin with. The five pots are:

Germany (hosts)
Brazil (holders)
Ivory Coast

Czech Republic
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Costa Rica
Trinidad & Tobago
Special pot: Sebria & Montenegro

No smart ball for World Cup 2006

The smart ball that was to be used in Germany next year isn't going to make the grade so all plans have been cancelled.

Instead the ball will be used in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Four days until the draw for 2006.

December 04, 2005

Journey to Germany 06

This Friday we'll find out which group England are in and where the matches are been played for the World Cup next year in Germany.

I'm looking forward to this as this is all I need to know before making my final plans for Germany.

Rest assured I'll be putting up the groups here - so keep coming back and link to my page just because you can.