Football pavilion opened at Frankfurt Book Fair
21 October 2005, FRANKFURT - The Frankfurt Book Fair inaugurated Thursday a special section devoted to football, but most visitors voiced disappointment at the book world's homage to the World Cup in Germany next year.
21 October 2005
FRANKFURT - The Frankfurt Book Fair inaugurated Thursday a special section devoted to football, but most visitors voiced disappointment at the book world's homage to the World Cup in Germany next year.
The themed show was huddled in one corner of an otherwise empty, hangar-like space that could easily have contained a football field.
"There's nothing much here. I imagined it was all going to be huge," gaped 17-year-old German schoolgirl football fan Christine Rehmund.
Free kicks were encouraged, but only in a 13-metre-long enclosure comprising nets, an artificial-turf floor covering and two mini-goals. As an alternative there were two tabletop football sets.
Several tables were also covered with artificial turf and some 200 German-language books were carelessly scattered on them. Display panels showed football history, and companies that sponsor football set up booths.
"We think it's pretty paltry," confessed Henning Horl, a spokesman for German publisher Rotbuch, a sponsor of the "Football Forum".
Rotbuch created the fair's neatest intellectual homage to football, the "header ball". It is a ball inscribed with great football thoughts including Albert Camus' "All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football."
Horl said a first "edition" of 6,000 had already sold out in German bookshops and the ball is being reprinted.
Panel discussions on football are also planned at the Forum, part of the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, which is the world's biggest trade fair devoted to books and runs until Sunday.
Subject: German news