Germany’s World Cup squad need armed guards and bullet-proof vests if they fancy a stroll

Posted by - October 22, 2009 - Germany, International, Oddballs

Hold on to your Ballacks. Frings are getting dangerous

The security team responsible for ensuring the safety of the Germany national team has warned that players will be expected to wear bullet-proof vests during next summer’s World Cup. While the garments will probably not be compulsory on the pitch, the squad will be expected to wear them when they venture away from the hotel for other reasons.

Guenter Schnelle, of security firm BaySecur, said: “The possibility for the players of moving outside of the hotel boundaries should be kept to a minimum. Otherwise there must be a full escort: armed security guards and bullet-proof vests for the players.”

No leaving the hotel complex and plenty of escorts? Sounds like a fairly typical footballer’s holiday!

  • Louwrens

    I live in South Africa and I don’t have any of these things. Does that mean I’m going to get shot?

  • Will

    Well, are you a multi-millionaire? Do you walk around in some of the most expensive clothes available? Do you drive a giant SUV or Ferrari? Do people walk around wearing your name on the back of a shirt and cheer for you everyday?

    I’m going to guess the answer is no. And not because I don’t think a South African can have this, but because, well statistically you don’t.

    Its a reasonable fear. Once again, citing statistics, they are much more likely to be attacked in South Africa than Germany. I’m sorry, but it is the truth.

    No, if they want style, there is a South American man who makes bulletproof suits, tuxedos, and other stylish, but very expensive bulletproof clothes.

    Oh, and for the record: I love South Africa.


    England what a crazy game!