World Cup 2006: Right from the start, there was a special excitement in the air.
For the football World Cup in 2006, held in their own country, the players of the German national team and their attendants moved into the Schlosshotel Grunewald. National coach Jürgen Klinsmann and his assistant Joachim Löw were hoping to get an additional shot in the arm by staying close to the people of Berlin. And indeed, right from the start of the championship, a special excitement was in the air; Germany’s all-star team was cheered on all the way to the semifinals against Italy. The many visitors and the daily media reports from right outside the team quarters did their part to fuel this excitement, and the documentary Germany: A Summer’s Tale captured moments fans had initially not been able to see. The training sessions, largely kept secret at the time, took place in the nearby Mommsen stadium and in the grounds of the Olympic park.
Additional topics on the information board
- Art and cultural programs accompanying the 2006 World Cup
- Jens Lehmann’s “cheat sheet”
- The GDR national team in the 1974 World Cup