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Medical experts have proven that digestion of Bratwurst is significantly aided by a healthy does of Pies. If you can't get enough of Who Ate All The Bratwurst's slant on international, world and European football, then check out our sister site Who Ate All The Pies for all the latest from British football.
And if you visit now you can join the Who Ate All The Pies Fantasy Football League - it's free to enter and there are prizes on offer! Stay tuned to Bratwurst for a Champions League fantasy football league just as soon as we know which teams have made it to the group stage!
Slaven Bilic announced as new Croatia coach
Slaven Bilic, formerly of Everton and West Ham, has been unveiled as the new head coach of the Croatian national side.He takes over from Zlatko Kranjcar who was booted out after Croatia's failure to get beyond the second round in this summers' World Cup in Germany.
Bilic, who coached Croatia's under-21 team and played in the team that finished third in the 1998 World Cup, will face World Champions Italy in his first match, who will also have a new coach in Roberto Donadoni. Bilic's task will be to get Croatia to the finals of the 2008 European Championships. Croatia's qualifying group includes England, prompting Bilic to say: "We face a tough bumpy road, but we're not afraid."
Who Ate All the Pies Needs You!
Today's posts on sister site Who Ate All the Pies: Baddiel & Skinner do a fair impression of Saint & Greavsie, a review of Sensible Soccer 2006, our take on Plymouth Argyle v Real Madrid (it's the pre-season friendly everyone's talking about!) and much, much more.
There's really no excuse not to check it out – it's the best football blog in the UK, and there's no higher praise than that. (Er, what about the world? Ed.)
Football is dead, long live football
You may recall we told you that once the World Cup was over, Who Ate All The Bratwurst would continue as your one-stop-blog for all European, world and international football. Well, with the Italian FA still trying to prise the World Cup from Fabio Cannavaro's bear-like grasp, the Champions League gets under way tonight!
It is fair to say that some of Europe's great sides are not entering the competition just yet, but tonight's fixtures include Linfield v Gorica and Armenian table-toppers FC Pyunik v FC Sheriff of Moldova. Mouthwatering!
Transfer gossip and rumours
Which club has outbid Arsenal for Franck Ribery? Has Birmingham's bid for Collins John been accepted? Why is steam coming out of Fergie's ears? If you'd like to know the answers, all the latest transfer news & gossip (some of it's actually true!) can now be found over at Who Ate All the Pies.
If you like Bratwurst, chomp on our Pies too
Well, the World Cup is almost at an end but that doesn't mean Who Ate All the Bratwurst is stopping too. Hell no! Bratwurst will continue to blog about football in all four corners of the world, from the European Championship to MLS in America. Don't touch that dial!
Meanwhile, Bratwurst's new sister site, Who Ate All the Pies, will – we hope – become your favourite Premiership football blog.
To all Bratwurst readers, thanks a million for your support over the
past few months. You've been great. We're not going anywhere though, so
stick with us, and don't forget to bookmark Who Ate All the Pies too.
Who Ate All the Pies, now LIVE!
Who Ate All the Pies, our NEW football blog dedicated to the Premiership (and non-Prem domestic footy, of course), is now 100% live. Bookmark it and relax – everything's going to be alright now.
Who Ate All the Pies, coming to a computer near you
As announced yesterday, Shiny Media's NEW Premiership football blog (we'll also cover the lower leagues and Scotland of course), Who Ate All the Pies, is launching very, very soon. If you like Bratwurst, you're gonna love Pies – it's the football blog that won't ever wear gloves in November.
Who Ate All the Pies. It's a new blog that gives British football the hairdryer treatment
INCOMING! A few months ago we launched Who Ate All the Bratwurst, the only World Cup blog with a bigger football brain than Teddy Sheringham's. Until Bratwurst burst onto the international scene, Teddy was owner of the world's biggest 'football brain' – he will donate it to science after he dies and then the FA will use it to help England win the 2046 World Cup.
We stole Teddy's crown though and now we're growing our football brain with the launch of Who Ate All the Pies, a new British football blog that will give domestic football the hairdryer treatment. We may even throw a few teacups around. From the Premiership to the Scottish Second Division, if it's shaped like a ball and it's British, then we'll be on to it faster than Ashley Cole's lawyers.
Who Ate All the Pies will launch sometime in the next week. Keep posted to Bratwurst and we'll tell you when exactly. Btw, Who Ate All the Bratwurst will be continuing (yay!) after the World Cup finishes, but with an emphasis on the global game – or 'soccer', as some people insist on calling it.
Gerd Muller applauds record breaking Ronaldo
Gerd Muller's 32 year record has been trumped by Ronaldo. Is he bitter? Sadly, he isn't. He told FIFA's official World Cup site that "Even before the tournament started, it was obvious that he would get at least two goals and draw level, if not three and set a new record. It wasn't a surprise."
Although, 'Der Bomber' is at pains about his record. "i’ve always said that I wasn't the record-holder. That honour, for me, goes to Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals in one tournament." Said Muller before adding "He's the best in my book."
He then goes on to refer to the German defence as the "Mannschaft", but I'm not so sure that kind of language is called for... [Mof Gimmers]
Germany 2006: Day 2 preview
2pm England v Paraguay, Frankfurt (BBC1, BBC Sport website, live blog on Bratwurst)
5pm Trinidad & Tobago v Sweden, Dortmund (ITV1, Radio Five Live)
8pm Argentina v Ivory Coast, Hamburg (ITV1, Radio Five Live)
Click below to read the full Day 2 Preview…
2pm England v Paraguay, Frankfurt
(BBC1, BBC Sport website, live blog on Bratwurst)
Well, here we go… I wish we had a piss-easy opener, like Germany or
Sweden have, but we don't. An afternoon kick-off against a tough South
American outfit is no easy first match and I really think England will
struggle to win. Paraguay will be very cagey and it's hard to see too
many goals being scored (mind you, I thought that about the Germany
match yesterday, so what do I know?).
Player cam: Steven Gerrard's back can't be 100 per cent. Will he last the full 90 minutes?
Prediction: England 1 – 1 Paraguay
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5pm Trinidad & Tobago v Sweden, Dortmund
(ITV1, Radio Five Live)
Apologies to Soca Warriors' fans but T&T are probably the
weakest team in the tournament. Sweden are workmanlike and should get
stronger as the game progresses, although the first half might be
tight. I have to predict a relatively comfortable win for the Swedes.
Player cam: Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic should relish the battle against T&T's journaymen defenders.
Prediction: Trinidad & Tobago 0 : 3 Sweden
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8pm Argentina v Ivory Coast, Hamburg
(ITV1, Radio Five Live)
Now this is more like it. One of the World Cup favourites against
one of the seriously dangerous dark horses. Could well see the
tournament's first red card in this match.
Player cam: Dider Drogba. Which Drogba will turn up? The powerhouse goal machine who's a match for any defender, or the whinging diver? If it's the former, Argentina could have a match on their hands.
Prediction: Argentina 2 : 1 Ivory Coast
Germany 2006: Day 1 Preview
3.20pm Opening ceremony, Munich (BBC1, from 4pm)
5pm Germany v Costa Rica, Munich (BBC1, Radio Five Live, BBC Sport website)
8pm Poland v Ecuador, Gelsenkirchen (ITV1, Radio Five Live, BBC Sport website)
Click below to read the full Day 1 Preview…
Germany 2006: Day 1 Preview cont…
3.20pm Opening ceremony, Munich
(BBC1, from 4pm)
Loads of interpretive dance, mime and other overblown theatrics to look forward to, plus the appearance of Pele, Maradona and Claudia Schiffer (the three greatest footballers of all time).
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5pm Germany v Costa Rica, Munich
(BBC1, Radio Five Live, BBC Sport website)
Can the hosts avoid a shock defeat in the tournament's opening match?
Germany are without injured talisman Michael Ballack to lead them, so
it could be a nervous affair. Costa Rica are not as good as either
Cameroon (who beat holders Argentina in 1990) or Senegal (beat reigning
champs France 1-0 in 2002), but then this isn't a great Germany team,
despite an impressive run of friendly results in the build-up to the
Player cam: Keep an eye on Bastian Schweinsteiger. Germany's attacking midfielder is in great form.
Prediction: Germany 2 : 0 Costa Rica
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8pm Poland v Ecuador, Gelsenkirchen
(ITV1, Radio Five Live, BBC Sport website)
Both teams will be thinking exactly the same thing about this
match-up - 'If we win, all we need is a win over Costa Rica and we're
through…' Should be a tight game. The sides are evenly matched, though
it'll feel like a home game for Poland, cause they'll have so much more
support inside the ground than Ecuador.
Player cam: Polish striker Maciej Zurawksi scored seven goals in qualifying and I predict he'll have a good tournament (But I would say that – he's in my fantasy team).
Prediction: Poland 2 : 1 Ecuador
Germany 2006 is GO GO GO!
We have lift-off! Yes, the long wait is over, the World Cup starts today! Don't know about you, but I'm more excited than a kid on Christmas morning. Thanks a million to all Who Ate All the Bratwurst readers for your support over the last few months. We look forward to keeping you royally entertained throughout the next month…
One week to go! Bratwurst gears up for the World Cup. Wanna lend a hand?
After several months of foreplay, the main event is almost upon us. We're pumped! Keep posted throughout the tournament for the usual mix of news and features, plus a whole bunch of cool new stuff, including:
•Live blogs of all the 2pm games (so if you're stuck in an office you can still follow the matches)
•The Virtual World Cup
•Punditwatch –we rate the best and slate the rest
•Reviews of every match, oh yes!
And we want YOU to get involved, whether you're going to Germany or staying in your own country to watch the tournament unfold. Post your World Cup photos to us or put them up on Flickr and tell us about them. The same goes for your World Cup videos, even if it's just been shot on a camphone – get it up on YouTube, let us know about it and we'll link to it. Join us! Also, if you're interested in live blogging any games for Bratwurst, let us know. Let's make it happen…
Frank Sidebottom's World Cup Extravaganza
If you live in the south-east of England and you haven't been lucky enough to blag tickets for the England vs Trinidad & Tobago game on Thurs 15 June, then get down to the London Bull & Gate (on Kentish Town Road) for an evening of World Cup frolics, featuring music by Fractured and a special appearance by living legend Frank Sidebottom. Festivities start at 4pm; the match kicks off at 5pm. Nibbles and half-time oranges are provided. To buy tickets for the event, click here.
Fans to spend £60m on World Cup trips - £3.5 million on beer!
Hey big Svenders! England fans are set to fork out a total of £60 million during the World Cup, more than half of which (£34 million) will go straight into the German economy. That's according to a survey carried out by price comparison website, PriceRunner.
Over 100,000 England fans are heading to Germany for the World Cup with an estimated total of £3.5 million going on beer alone and a further £1.36 million on cab fares. Hoteliers and restauranteurs are expected to the best out of the fans coining in an anticipated £26.1million from their English guests.
In order to avoid paying over the odds, Pricerunner claims a short cab ride (5km) should cost the equivalent of £6.80 while an average 2 star hotel should be £110 a night. This week FIFA announced the price of food and drinks in the stadiums - an average meal comprising hot dog, beer or coke and a pretzel will cost £8.86. Sounds quite steep to us.
Celebrities to line up in Soccer Aid - ITV's charity match
ITV1 will be showing something quite unusual this summer in the form of the Soccer Aid football tournament.
The event will feature celebrities playing for their respective
countries, all in the name of charity... namely Unicef. Raising funds
will be Robbie Williams, Gordon Ramsey, Brian McFadden, Jamie Theakston
and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Alongside the TV folk will be
including David Seaman, Ruud Gullit, Gazza and David Ginola (because he's worth it).
In no way do I hope that Gazza sticks his studs in Robbie Williams neck or something... hell no.
EU look to ban Iran from the World Cup
Are Iran to be banned
from participating in this summer's FIFA World Cup?
EU lawmakers will urge political leaders to back a controversial letter, sent to FIFA, calling for Iran to be banned from the World Cup finals because of controversial remarks by the country's president.
Members of the European Parliament will ask the head of soccer's world governing body, Sepp Blatter, and EU leaders to throw out the Iranian side, quoting statements from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for the destruction of Israel and denying the Holocaust, as well as Iran's refusal to renounce its nuclear activity, report Last Kick.
FIFA has said it has no intention of banning Iran's team, which kicks off its campaign against Mexico on June 11 in Nuremberg. Unfortunately, the city hosting the match has a huge political history associated with Nazism.
"We have cross-party support for this and we will now go back to our governments and opposition parties and send them a letter, asking them to back our call," British Conservative Party MEP Chris Heaton-Harris told Reuters. "We believe a precedent has been set in the past, in particular in cricket and rugby with South Africa and FIFA needs to do the same."
The Iranian president, Ahmadinejad, has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and has referred to the Holocaust as a myth.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the remarks were unacceptable and likened Iran's nuclear plans to the threat posed by the Nazis. However, she said she would not seek to ban Iran from the finals.
Iran faces possible U.N. sanctions unless it halts its nuclear activities, which the EU and the United States believe are a cover for developing nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear programme is a civilian one to generate electricity. Heaton-Harris said the letter to Blatter urged that Bahrain, who finished runners-up to Iran in qualification, be given the Iranians' place in the finals.
This is not the
first time this kind of thing has happened, with Yugoslavia being ousted from
the European Championships in 1992. The Yugo's berth was then given to Denmark
who went on to win the tournament.
One month to the World Cup! The final countdown begins…
In the words of Batman, holy shit! Yes, there's just 30 days until the start of the World Cup. For all the peeps out there who have just discovered Who Ate All the Bratwurst? let me welcome you to the Diego Maradona of World Cup blogs - in other words, we're touched by genius and not afraid to fire an air rifle at journalists.
If you want great World Cup videos, news on the latest World Cup songs, venue and team guides, hot Panini sticker action and much more, you've come to the right place. Make us your home page for the next few months and you'll be rewarded for your loyalty with an unrelenting stream of hearsay, childish humour and pictures of shit Wayne Rooney lookalikes. Wilkommen!
Pick Your Own England Squad!
As ever, I've been sat thinking I can do better. This is obviously true as I've never got to the second round of the recruitment process... still, you can chance your arm and pick your own squad on the FA official website!
Wilkommen / Welcome to our German friends
We noticed that we were getting rather a lot of German visitors to our site, so in the spirit of pan-European footy based love and friendship we'd like to dust off our German GCSE notes and say the following...
Willkommen zu 'Who Ate All The Bratwurst'. Dieses ist Shiny Media's Web site für Deutschland 2006. Es tut uns leid, aber wir können nicht Ihnen helfen, wenn Sie Wurstverkäufer suchen, aber um den Aufstellungsort bitte bleiben und schauen!
Wir freuen wirklich, Ihr schönes Land im Juni zu besichtigen. Wir hoffen, daß wir für das gesamte Turnier bleiben müssen! Viele von uns sind Ventilatoren von Jens Lehmann und hoffen, daß die Endrunde England gegen Deutschland ist (aber die Linesmen müssen russisch sein!)
Welcome to 'Who Ate All The Bratwurst'. This is Shiny Media's site for Germany 2006. We are sorry but we can not help you if you are looking for sausage vendors, but please stay and look around the site!
We are really looking forward to visiting your beautiful country in June. We hope we will need to stay for the entire tournament! Many of us are huge fans of Jens Lehmann, and hope the final is England versus Germany (but the linesmen must be Russian!)