Fans in ger­man twin town will be watch­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

SIB­LING ri­val­ries are al­ways in­tense – and the ri­valry be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Ger­man twin town Viersen is no ex­cep­tion.

While Peter­bo­ri­ans will be cheer­ing on Eng­land in pubs and bars across the city, res­i­dents in the North Rhineland city of Viersen will be re­joic­ing if the Ger­man squad can qual­ify for the quar­ter fi­nals.

Peter Abrahams, spokesman for Viersen’s coun­cil to­day said: “The game will be shown in a num­ber of halls across the city, where many hun­dreds of peo­ple will watch.

“For Ger­many it is a very im­por­tant match. I was 14 in 1966, and re­mem­ber the fa­mous third goal for Eng­land, which did not cross the line.

“Since this match we have had great suc­cess and I also re­mem­ber the quar­ter fi­nal in 1970, when we won in ex­tra time.”

Since then Ger­many have beaten Eng­land twice on penalty shoot outs in ma­jor tour­na­ments - in the semi-fi­nal of the World Cup in 1990 and the semi-fi­nal of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in 1996. But Mr Abrahams said: “I don’t want the game to go to penal­ties. The match should be won on the field in 90 min­utes. “Who­ever is the bet­ter team should win.

“I think it will be Ger­many who win 1-0 this time.”

But de­spite hav­ing some of the most pas­sion­ate fans in the world, Mr Abrahams gets a re­minder of the 1966 fi­nal ev­ery day. He said; “The house op­po­site has an Eng­land flag on it, de­spite the fact Ger­mans live there. “I don’t know why they have it, but it is the first thing I see ev­ery day.”

TWIN TOWN: The Festhalle, in Peter­bor­ough’s Ger­man twin town, Viersen.

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