Ahmadinejad urges Iran team to do best at Cup
8 June 2006, TEHRAN - Controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on state television Wednesday that he might come to Germany to support the national team.
8 June 2006
TEHRAN - Controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on state television Wednesday that he might come to Germany to support the national team.
"You can reach what our scientists have already reached in the nuclear field, also you can reach the peak," he said during a meeting with the national team. Though the meeting was held on Saturday, the comments were first broadcast on Wednesday.
"And if necessary, I will personally come to Germany to support you over there, perhaps in the second round. That phase (2nd round), you will reach for sure, do not doubt in that," Ahmadinejad said.
Meanwhile Iranian Vice President Mohammad Aliabadi called Wednesday on the German ambassador to Tehran to issue visas to the remaining Iranian World Cup fans, the news agency ISNA reported.
"We ask you to make necessary arrangements to solve the problem of those fans who have not yet succeeded to receive their entry visa and enable them to travel to Germany," Aliabadi said in a meeting with Ambassador Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn in Tehran.
According to local press reports some 900 Iranians have applied for visas to travel to Germany but 20 per cent of them were denied because they had no tickets for Iran's first round games.
The German embassy has assigned a special team and extended its hours - 07:30 to 20:30 - for processing visas for Iranian football fans, but the fans still must fulfil the criteria for receiving a visa.
Aliabadi also hoped that Iran's slogan in the World Cup - "Peace for all based on justice and spirituality" - would be appropriately reflected in the German press.
The vice president, who is also the country's sports chief, said Iranians carefully follow German football because there are Iranian players in the Bundesliga.
Aliabadi is the only Iranian official expected to attend Friday's opening World Cup game between Germany and Costa Rica in Munich. He will also watch Iran's first game against Mexico on Sunday in Nuremberg.
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Subject: German news