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Thoughts on 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Walter Stechel, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

Despite having to deal with recent tragedies and unexpected injuries, I know the German team will unite and play to their fullest potential. I wish the team the best of success and join in with fans from across the globe who will cheer them on.

Similar to when Germany had the opportunity to showcase itself  to the world in 2006, I am sure that visitors will experience and explore the magnificence of  South Africa like never before.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Going by the “laws of nature“ in terms of Germany’s recent performances: 2006 FIFA World Cup – 3rd place, 2008 European Championship – 2nd Place, we should become World Cup Champions in 2010!

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Italy, as defending champions, should not be underestimated. Brazil is always counted among the favourites. And of course, Germany! One should not forget, however, the home-advantage for the participating African teams.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Either Lionel Messi or Arjen Robben, who had a fantastic season with Bayern Munich FC –  and keep an eye on Stefan Kiessling!

How do you mix Fairy Tales, Fast Cars and over 5000 Kinds of Beer? (Step 1)

1. Land at Munich Airport (MUC)

If you think of an airport, you would never expect a shopping El Dorado, a relaxing and wellness temple, a culinary trip around the world, an entertaining day playing volleyball or ice-skating.

Munich Airport has it all. The Bavarian airport has achieved the number four position in the World Airport Awards 2010, securing its status as one of the world’s best airports.

Nowadays travelling can be very exhausting. And a stress-free journey is what everyone desires. You don’t have to walk miles to reach your gate and you don’t feel encased without daylight. Munich Airport guarantees a comfortable atmosphere. Wide and airy spaces, daylight wherever you go. Find your way easily: transfer passengers will experience one of the fastest and most efficient terminals worldwide with a minimum connecting time of only 30 minutes to around 150 continental and 20 domestic destinations.

The 24 hour service centres in both Terminals are there to assist with all passengers needs.

Find yourself in a family friendly atmosphere with several children’s play areas including the child daycare “airberlin Kinderland” which is connected to Europe’s most modern McDonalds.

But this is not all. Passengers who prefer a personal assistance can use the airport’s “Meet & Assist Service” which is available in different languages.


Munich Airport offers free relax zones equipped with W-LAN and flat-screen TVs. And don’t forget to enjoy your free coffee, tea and newspaper at the gates.

Forget travelling for a while and experience the diversity of shops and events at Munich Airport. Why not have a beach volleyball match in the middle of the airport? You can do that in August between two flights. Or go ice-skating in December while being surrounded by a real Christmas market. The Munich Airport Center offers events and entertainment all year long. Don’t miss the soccer World championship at Munich Airport at the public-viewing.

Go shopping like in the city! In about 150 shops, passenger will find a mix of national, international and local brands. After a shopping marathon, Munich Airport offers time to relax at the wellness area “Be Relax”, at the Cosmetic Institute or the Brants Barber & Shops.

Need a rest? Then you can rent a napcab per hour near gate 32 in Terminal 2. These cabins offer room to relax, to sleep and are equipped with music, a workstation with Internet access and a TV.

For the culinary heart, Munich Airport offers you a trip around the world. Not to be missed the world’s only airport brewery Airbräu with a beautiful outdoor beer garden.

But what to do if you have a connecting time of a few hours? Munich Airport offers an adjusted stop over guide. Stopover suggestions with vouchers for discounts (valid with flight ticket) can be found on

See you at Munich Airport!