Becker’s African Diary #8: Photographs from the World Cup

Despite the standard of the football, I (Paul that is) am still excited by this World Cup…but what it must be like to be there, and in amongst it all I can hardly imagine…the crowds, the stadiums, the noise, the “Uwe Seelers”…it must be great. And just when we were wondering what our World Cup and Southern Africa Correspondant was up to, he sent us some pics so that we can get that little bit more jealous of his experiences…

Andreas at Soccer City in Johannesburg…

Joburg Soccer City

Another passion…Andreas hooks up with a motorbike parade in Durban

Durban Moto Parade

One of these men used to be a football player…

Juergen Sparwasse

The man in question is Jürgen Sparwasser, former East German footballer and scorer of the legendary goal against the West Germans at the 1974 World Cup to give the German Democratic Republic a 1-0 victory in Hamburg against their neighbours. It was the only time the first teams of the two Germanys would meet in competition. You can read more about Andreas’s new buddy on wikipedia.