Bobby Charlton hopes England will win World Cup

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11 August 2005, SARAJEVO - English footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton said Wednesday in Sarajevo he hoped England would win the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

11 August 2005

SARAJEVO - English footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton said Wednesday in Sarajevo he hoped England would win the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

"I think Germany will go close, but I do not somehow think that they will win. I think England has a chance and France also," Charlton told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

He also said he was sure Germany would perfectly organize the 2006 World Cup.

Speaking about his memories and the best moment in history of the World Cup, Charlton said he would never forget "the moment when England beat West Germany" at the 1966 World Cup in Wembley Stadium.

Charlton arrived in Sarajevo with the Laureus World Sport Academy to promote football and landmine awareness among Bosnian youngsters through the Spirit of Soccer Project.

Together with famous Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase, Charlton held training to juniors of few Sarajevo-based football clubs.

While Charlton was teaching them their first football steps on the grass of the Sarajevo Olympic Stadium Kosevo, Nastase was keeping the goal.

The brief training was followed by a mine-awareness lecture.

"For me this was an eye-opening experience being here among kids that are healthy and are running around, and yet within few miles from this place here I do not know how many children have been killed (during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina)," said Charlton.

"Who could not be affected by that?" he added.

Charlton and Nastase have been among 42 famous world sportsmen who joined Laureus World Sport Academy in promoting sports and giving lectures to youngsters how to resist and fight drugs and crime or to be aware of landmines.

More than 130,000 children around the world have been included in the Laureus' Spirit of Soccer Project.

DPA

Subject: German news

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