City teacher’s fam­ily link to Ger­man ace Beck­en­bauer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

A TEACHER with a link to Ger­many’s foot­balling his­tory is hop­ing to avoid em­bar­rass­ment at school with a win on Sun­day.

Ger­man teacher In­grid McGre­gor has more at stake than most fans when Eng­land play Ger­many on Sun­day.

The 61-year-old knows that if Joachim Löw’s men lose to Eng­land, she will face weeks of teas­ing and jokes at the hands of her pupils.

Her fam­ily has played a key part in Ger­man foot­balling suc­cess in the past, as her dad coached Franz Beck­en­baur as a young­ster.

The Kaiser, as he be­came known, has been voted as the sec­ond great­est Euro­pean player ever, be­hind Johan Cruyff.

To­day In­grid, who teaches at Peter­bor­ough High School, has car­ried on the fam­ily tra­di­tion by coach­ing the school’s girls foot­ball team.

She said : “I will stay in my house dur­ing the match be­cause I don’t think that peo­ple would want to watch the game with a Ger­man.

“Peo­ple like to have a joke and ev­ery­one said they were look­ing for­ward to beat­ing Ger­many.”

She faced rib­bing from her col­leagues when Eng­land beat Ger­many 5-1 in 2001, in the 2002 World Cup qual­i­fiers.

She said: “Maybe now I will have my re­venge. We are a very young team and I am wor­ried about the game with Eng­land.

“But we do have good play­ers and I think for­mer man­ager Klins­mann did well by giv­ing them a chance in the last tour­na­ment.

“My mum still lives in Ger­many. She said that no­body thinks they have a chance.

“My heart says 2-1 to Ger­many but, in my head, I think Eng­land will win.”

Pupil and mem­ber of the High School foot­ball team Bethany Cameron (15) said she hoped Eng­land would tri­umph over the Ger­man team.

She said: “Mrs McGre­gor is a re­ally good coach.

“We have been telling her she is go­ing to lose, but she is pretty con­fi­dent.

“If we win I won’t let it go. If Ger­many win she would be un­bear­able, but my pre­dic­tion is 3-1 to Eng­land.”

RE­VENGE?: In­grid McGre­gor

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