Two weeks to go, and it's Der Spiegel talking to Der Moneybags, Germany captain (and new Chelsea signing at 130,000 quid a week) Michael Ballack, in a pretty good interview:
SPIEGEL: There are already some Ballack jokes doing the rounds. Have you heard this one? They used to talk about Fritz Walter weather, drizzle. Do you know what Ballack weather is?
Ballack: No, I don't.
SPIEGEL: When it rains money.
Ballack: Very funny.
|It's raining Michael Ballack.|
Germany's World Cup squad will take a course in watch making to fill up a bit of spare time during their Swiss training camp, according to team manager Oliver Bierhoff. "They'll learn how to take a watch apart and put it back together again," he said after the squad arrived in Switzerland on Sunday after a break in Sardinia. "It's something a bit different."
On to the Group B predictions. Nothing out of the ordinary yet (and nothing that differs with the odds board):
1 England ... Who needs Rooney? Well, not yet, anyway.
3 Paraguay ... I'd pick them to upset Sweden if Roque Santa Cruz was healthy.
4 Trinidad & Tobago ... They may well lead the World Cup in team songs.