- Title: SINGAPORE: GERMANY IS NOT PREPARED TO CO-HOST 20006 WORLD-CUP SOCCER WITH ENGLAND
- Date: 7th January 1998
- Summary: SINGAPORE (JANUARY 7, 1998) (RTV) 1. WIDE SHOT OF WORLD FOOTBALL EXPO 1998 2. GERMAN BOOTH 3. VARIOUS GERMANY WORLD CUP 2006 CAMPAIGN 4. GERMANY'S BAYERN MUNICH PRESIDENT FRANZ BECKENBAUER GIVING AUTOGRAPHS 5. BECKENBAUER SAYING "YOU CAN INVEST MONEY MUCH BETTER THAN IN CAMPAIGNS LIKE THIS. AND IN THE END, EUROPE WILL SPLIT AND IF EUROPE WANTS THE WORLD CUP IN EUROPE, YOU WANT THE WHOLE VOTE AND EUROPE TOGETHER BEHIND ONE CANDIDATE. SO NOW YOU HAVE TWO." (ENGLISH) 6. BECKENBAUER WITH REPORTERS 7. BECKENBAUER SAYING "YOU CANNOT SAY WHO IS THE FAVOURITE OR, WE TALK ONLY BETWEEN ENGLAND AND GERMANY, BUT WHO TELLS YOU THEY ARE THE FAVOURITES. MAY BE THE SYMPATHY GOES TO SOUTH AFRICA, OR MAY BE BRAZIL IS A CANDIDATE OR, MAYBE ARGENTINA. IT'S NOT ONLY A COMPETITION BETWEEN ENGLAND AND GERMANY." (ENGLISH) 6. SIR BOBBY CHARLTON, FORMER ENGLISH WORLD CUP CHAMPION TEAM MEMBER, GIVING AUTOGRAPHS 7. CHARLTON SAYING "I PERSONALLY DON'T SEE GERMANY AND ENGLAND HOSTING A BID TOGETHER. I THINK FRANZ MADE A STATEMENT THAT IF WE FIGHT AGAINST ONE ANOTHER, THEN SOMEONE ELSE MAY BE ABLE TO COME IN ON THE BACK OF IT. HE DIDN'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. I THINK WE ARE STRONG ENOUGH ANYWAY, CERTAINLY ENGLAND IS STRONG ENOUGH TO HOST IT WITHOUT WORRYING TOO MUCH ABOUT WHO COMES INTO IT." (ENGLISH) 8. SHOT OF PHOTOGRAPH OF ENGLAND'S 1966 WORLD CUP WINNING SQUAD. Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Story Text: - INTRO: Germany has said it is NOT prepared to make a joint bid with England to co-host the 2006 World Cup.
There had been reports Germany was willing to share the staging of the event with another European nation.
But on Wedneday former captain Franz Beckenbauer said his comments on Tuesday (January 6) had been misinterpreted.
And officials said their bid for the 2006 World Cup would not include a plan to co-host it with england.
Beckenbauer said that it would be a waste of money for two European countries to campaign - saying it could split the vote and allow another candidate to sneak in.
He said it is too early to tell who is likely to win the bid to host the 2006 World Cup since Brazil, Argentina or South Africa have many countries that would support the bids.
FIFA would not permit another joint hosting of the World Cup after South Korea and Japan stage the 2002 event.
A star player from England's World Cup-winning team in 1966 has shown confidence in England's bid to the 2006 World Cup.
Sir Bobby Charlton said England is strong and developed enough to host the World Cup on itsown despite England's infamous hooligans.
He said: "I personally don't see Germany and England hosting a bid together. I think Franz made the statement that if we fight against one another then someone else may be able to come in on the back of it.
"He didn't want that to happen. I think we are strong enough anyway, certainly england is strong enough to host it without worrying too much who comes into it." England and Germany have been at loggerheads since England said it would make a bid to host the 2006 competion. Germany had thought its bid would be uncontested by another European nation until England announced its bid in 1996.
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