- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 25, 2006

I was wondering how the German fans painted the flags on their cheeks. Then I saw two guys on the train pull out what looked like three tubes of lipstick stuck together. One swipe on either cheek and in seconds, these fans had their black, red and yellow flags.

In the crowded food hall for the media in Munich, I sat with two former Liverpool stars — Danish ace Jan Molby (1985-92) and Ireland’s Raymond Houghton (1987-92). They were both eager to find out about the state of American soccer and asked about Freddy Adu.

Molby was sure Germany was going to lose.

“The Swedes always remain calm, but this young German team will get nervous,” said Molby, who is here working for Danish TV. “The Germans have had an easy time so far but this will be the test. I don’t think they will win.”

Of course Molby, who once spent three months in jail for crashing his car at a nightclub, was wrong.

I think the venue in Munich, where German champion Bayern Munich plays its home games, is the best stadium I’ve visited. The crowd is right on top of the field and the dugout, and there’s not a bad seat in the house.

— John Haydon

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