Fans in german twin town will be watching
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.