Politics must wait
BRATISLAVA: Slovak referee Lubos Michel this week had to postpone taking up his position as a lawmaker in parliament in Bratislava. With a chance of officiating in the final Michel said that he had had to present his excuses, citing â€œimportant other dutiesâ€ as he carries on with his World Cup commitments.
Domingo to sing out
BERLIN: Opera star Placido Domingo will, as he has done since 1982, clear his throat and launch into song at the WC final. He will sing a half-time welcome ditty composed by his son Placido Domingo Jr, whose lyrics the tenor says underpin â€œthe idea that football is linked to friendship.â€ He can then sit back and watch his countryâ€™s bid for glory.