Being an intense soccer fan I am shaking with anticipation as the 2006 World Cup approaches and the U.S. National team prepares for their first game against the Czech Republic on June 12th. Security is always a concern for the host country because of the rivalries and the number of spectators involved. But, it seems the U.S. team is a concern because they are… Well… American.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – The official team bus to be used by the United States during the World Cup will not bear a flag for security reasons.
The 32 official buses were presented Thursday in Frankfurt and the other 31 buses have large national flags of the their teams painted on rear sides.
At the 2002 World Cup, the United States was among the most heavily guarded teams. When the Americans arrived at Incheon International Airport, about 500 police formed a corridor the players walked through as they came out of customs, with SWAT team commandos mixed in. (FoxSports)
When all of the other team buses proudly display their country’s flag while you have to travel anonymously because the American flag is a bulls-eye for terrorists, that can’t be good for morale. I’m curious as to how the U.S. players will be treated by the fans in the stadium. I have a feeling that the whistles (They don’t “boo” overseas, they whistle) will be loud and long.
Hopefully a majority of the spectators will not apply guilt through association and have the mindset that a country’s government does not always reflect the will of the people. Meh… Who am I kidding…