Time to go. Next post you'll get in this space will be from the Star's World Cup headquarters for the next month, an apartment in central Frankfurt that I'll be sharing with the competition -- the Globe's Stephen Brunt. From there the plan is to fan out via the rail network to cover games. I'll even be allowed back in print, as well as keeping JABS as up to date as is possible. Soccer columnist Cathal Kelly is along from the Star as well, and he'll be the rover, travelling around.
But until the next time, here's something to look over that's a little different - The FIFI Wild Cup:
With just under one week to go before the World Cup kicks off in Germany on Friday, the atmosphere in Hamburg's Millerntor football stadium on Saturday afternoon was thick with anticipation for the international contest. Standing for most of the match, fans waved a sea of mini green, black and yellow flags while closely following the action on the pitch -- spontaneous cheers were followed by distraught groans as chances were created and wasted. A wave cheer even rippled around the stadium shortly after the half -- and the chanting was almost ceaseless. Over and over, the air above the field vibrated with a staccato three syllables: "ZAN-ZI-BAR! ZAN-ZI-BAR!"