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A Bangladeshi farmer has shown his support for Germany’s World Cup hopes in an unusual way – with a home-made flag 5.5km (3.4 miles) long.
Amjad Hossain, 69, says his love for the country began after he used German homeopathic medicine for a gallstone.
He started working on the flag two years later when Germany hosted
the 2006 World Cup, and has continued to add to it in subsequent tournaments.
He has even sold land to buy enough black, red and gold fabric.
The flag was unveiled at a school in Mr Hossain’s hometown of Magura, around 60 miles to the west of the capital Dhaka, on Tuesday.
Mexico football fans are believed to have caused a minor earthquake as they celebrated their team’s shock win over Germany at the World Cup.
Tremors were recorded in Mexico City after Hirving Lozano fired the winning goal past German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in Russia, according to seismic monitoring agency Simmsa.
“The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially,” the Mexican engineering and mining firm said. “Possibly by massive jumps during the goal of Mexico in the World Cup.”
The agency said at least two sensors detected the earthquake inside Mexico City at 11.32am Mexican time.
Thousands of football fans had gathered in the capital to watch Mexico’s surprise 1-0 win over World Cup holders Germany. Spectators watched the match on a big TV screen in the central Zocalo square and after the game they converged around the iconic Angel of Independence monument waving Mexico flags.
Football fans looking to show their support during the World Cup can now sport their favourite player in their haircut.
Mario Hvala, a barber in Serbia, is offering fans a “hair tattoo”, shaving the likeness of players including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo into the backs of their heads.
But the barber’s prowess doesn’t stop at footballers. He’s previously shaved the likes of Novak Djokovic, and even Kim Jong Un into people’s hair.
He said the craze started nine years ago, when someone asked him to do “something different” with his hair, and he ended up sculpting a tarantula into his mane with a cut-throat razor.
The 35-year-old charges €150 (£132) for one of the tattoos which takes about five hours to complete, compared with €8 (1,000 dinars/£7) for a standard cut. The tattoos generally last 10 days before they lose definition.
Analysis by Colombian researchers found the meanest defences have the angriest sticker book mugshots – and England’s back line is just too happy.
England’s World Cup bid is doomed — if the Panini sticker book photos are anything to go by. Analysis from the past 12 tournaments reveals squads with the angriest faces have the meanest defences. And those with the happiest mugshots go on to score the most goals.
Sadly for loyal fans of the Three Lions, Gareth Southgate’s team do poorly on both counts.
Colombian researcher Dr César Mantilla warned: “Tunisia and Panama look more expressive than England and Belgium in Group G.” The scientists, whose work is published in the journal Economic Psychology, used facial recognition software to analyse the expressions of players in sticker books for every World Cup since 1970.
They examined 4,318 pictures from 304 teams. The software looks at 500 points on faces to assess players’ emotional state. Those with the angriest and happiest looking teams had a better goal difference after the group stages.
Researcher Dr Astrid Hopfensitz said: “Both anger and happiness are emotions associated to dominance. “Many things intervene in the selection of the photos, such as how the player is posing, which photo is selected by team officials.”
Portugal were the happiest side, followed by Germany. Argentina were the angriest along with Tunisia. Uruguay and Switzerland had the best of both — meaning they should have a good defence and attack.
A self-professed “mad football fan” has draped a huge flag across the front of his house to cheer on England in the World Cup.
John Jupp, from Blyton, Lincolnshire, said the flag measures 1,250 sq ft (116 sq m) in size and completely covers the front of his house.
England fans in cars have been showing their support by honking their horns, he said.
Mr Jupp backed England to progress to the quarter finals of the tournament. “It turns heads and people are always beeping as they go past,” he said. Mr Jupp has to use a rear entrance to get into his home as the flag covers the entirety of the front.
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