Front Page







World Summary

On Air


Talking Point


Text Only


Site Map

Wednesday, January 7, 1998 Published at 17:56 GMT

Sport: Football

German hero wants England support
image: [ Can England co-host the World Cup 2006? ]
Can England co-host the World Cup 2006?

Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has called on England to agree a joint World Cup bid with Germany.

Beckenbauer says Germany and England are wasting money fighting each other to become the sole 2006 hosts.

The shock suggestion from the former German international met with a cautious response from the English Football Association.

Beckenbauer said: "We are both wasting money.

"It will split the European vote and South Africa will get the 2006 World Cup if it goes on like this."

South Africa is expected to bid for the competition after losing out on staging the 2004 Olympics.

Beckenbauer admitted his plan might not be popular with Fifa, which is already unhappy that the 2002 finals will be staged in Japan and South Korea.

Beckenbauer's proposal is in stark contrast to international bickering last February when Germany said England should pull out of the race for 2006.

Germany claimed the two countries had an agreement whereby England would stage Euro 96 in return for allowing Germany a free run at the 2006 World Cup.

English officials denied any such agreement existed.

The FA's Director of Public Affairs, David Davies said: "We're bound to give serious consideration to what Franz Beckenbauer has said although we understand that up to this point FIFA have not been encouraging joint bids.

"Our campaign has been going very well. It continues."

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage


  Relevant Stories

28 Dec 97 | Business
World Cup jobs bonanza

04 Dec 97 | Sport
Scotland nuts about Brazil

03 Dec 97 | Sport
England miss out on World Cup seedings

  Internet Links


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
In this section

Collins calls it a day for Scots

Derby double swoop fails

From Special Report
Keegan accused over late night

White Rose rivals meet again

McIlroy tipped for NI role

League to rule on Sky shares

Keane talks to resume

From Special Report
We'll be back for World Cup - Brown

From Special Report
Keegan insists England can triumph

Irish to appeal after brawl

Israel demands soccer sex scandal inquiry

From Special Report
I've rarely seen anything worse

From Special Report
An almost unbelievable turnaround

SA kidnap shocks soccer coach

From Special Report
Police claim play-off success

From Special Report
England book Euro 2000 place

From Special Report
We've a long way to go - Keegan

Turks bury Irish dream

From Special Report
We deserved to qualify - Hendry

Slovenia to make Euro debut

From Special Report
England v Scotland - picture gallery

From Special Report
What they said

Football Contents