Football fever hits Germans
Both the German national team and fans are feeling the heat of the World Cup days before the team faces Portugal in their first match on Monday.
The tight security protecting the German team in their hotel in Brazil has caused uproar among their neighbours, prompting team manager Oliver Bierhoff to meet with the angry locals. The complaint is that the security of the team is making living difficult for the residents around the Campo Bahia hotel.
Bierhoff commented ‘It seems to be that things haven’t been working too well. We have asked our head of security, Hendrik Grosse-Lefert, to make sure the necessary security passes are given out. We don’t want the people living here to be disrupted.’
FIFA and the Brazilian government have imposed the stringent security measures on the football teams, which include police escorts to training. Bierhoff himself admitted that the security measures are also affecting the team.
Meanwhile, back in Germany, football fans are expected to call in sick to watch the games, based on a survey by holiday portal ab-in-den-urlaub. The portal estimated that a total of 1.4 million Germans will miss work after staying up late for the matches. This may mean an economic loss of €446 million from missed work days.
If you live in Germany and plan calling sick to watch the football matches, just have in mind that employees who are caught taking sick leave without actually being sick may be denied pay for that day and may even be dismissed.