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Germans unravel giant Cup scarf
Scarf being rolled onto cable drum (pic: Unna town website)
Cable drums are used to store the scarf
The town of Unna in western Germany is hoping for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for what it claims is the world's longest football scarf.

The 12.5-kilometre (eight-mile) woollen scarf was knitted by more than 1,000 people, including many elderly women.

Part of it has been draped around the town centre in time for the football World Cup, which kicks off on Friday.

The scarf is in the colours of the 32 participating World Cup nations. Parts of it were rolled onto big cable drums.

Unna's massive scarf on display (pic: Unna town website)
Knitters were allowed to be creative with the national colours
The knitters plan to sell the scarf eventually - for 10 euros (7) per metre - to raise funds for German youth sports associations.

The brains behind the project was 60-year-old Elfie Blees, who launched the mass knit-in in July 2005.

Several hundred towns participated - including some knitters in France and Hungary.

Unna, a town near Dortmund with some 68,000 inhabitants, held a festival on Sunday to officially measure the scarf and congratulate the knitters and sponsors.

Mrs Blees said the wool cost about 22,500 euros, the German news agency DPA reported.


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