.- The German Catholic news website kath.de has created a special page on its site dedicated to the German bishops' hopes for the country's World Cup soccer team.
The page, titled âWeltmeisterschaft 2010 â So tippen unsere Bischofeâ currently features Bishop Joachim Wanke of the Diocese of Erfurt and Bishop Norbert Trelle of the Diocese of Hildesheim.
Each bishop was asked two questions. âWhat chance does the German National Team have at the 2010 World Cup?â and âWhat do you associate with a soccer celebration such as the World Cup?â
âDespite the difficulties with the teamâs formation, I hope that the German National Team will master the World Cup,â said Bishop Wanke. He added that he associates the World Cup with, âideally, a fabulous summer.â
âThe chances are good,â said Bishop Trelle. âI believe they will be among the final four, and if they catch âa good run,â they can be the world champions.â
Bishop Trelle is pleased that the event is being held in an African country for the first time and hopes that this World Cup may âbear fruit for the development of South Africa.â He also hopes for âa peaceful celebrationâ with respect and fairness for people of all nations, so that the tournament be remembered as more than just a soccerfest when it is all over and done in a few weeks.
Germany beat Australia in the first round with a score of 4-0.