City teacher’s family link to German ace Beckenbauer
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