2006 FIFA World Cup Germany TM

These materials originally appeared as a 'Theme' in the Resources area

Introduction

Charles Rawding, Rosie Griffin and Lucy Williams provide a range of information and resources for potential use in the classroom this summer when a significant number of pupils will be closely following the FIFA World CupTM. This theme follows on from earlier articles in Teaching Geography and on this website (Rawding 1999, 2002, 2004) which looked at previous FIFA World CupsTM and Euro 2004 suggesting possible activities that could be undertaken in the classroom.

Download these articles free of charge:


The activities that have been suggested all use the FIFA World CupTM as a context for developing geographical knowledge and skills, but at the same time are not exclusively for the fan of football. In every class, there are bound to be a number of pupils for whom the FIFA World CupTM will not be a significant event. Where there is resistance from those pupils who do not like football, part of the tourist leaflet, for instance, could be re-focused to target the long-suffering family of a football fan who are obliged to travel to the venues in Germany!

Developing Atlas Skills

A map of the venues in Germany can be downloaded here. A world map might be provided for pupils to enable them to label the countries that have qualified. Other atlas work might include completion of a table such as the one here. Alternatively, smaller groups might work on the continental geographies of the qualifying groups or the geographies of the group phases of the finals - a useful way of providing more information about countries, particularly in Africa, that are not normally covered in the geography curriculum.

Presentations/Leaflets

England are playing in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Cologne:

DATE VENUE OPPOSITION
10th June Frankfurt Paraguay
15th June Hamburg Trinidad & Tobago
20th June Cologne Sweden

A useful exercise might be to ask pupils to choose one of these cities and produce a leaflet designed to help an English tourist make the most of their stay. This might include information about the attractions of the city for the visitors with recommendations about the types of things that should be visited. Such an activity could be carried out using ICT, perhaps using desktop publishing programmes or alternatively using PowerPoint presentations to feed back to the whole class.

Possible websites for research:

Wikipedia
Frankfurt.de
Hamburg.de
About.com – Cologne

Using ICT

Opportunities also exist here to encourage pupils to investigate a range of resources, particularly the internet. This worksheet is designed to enable pupils to carry out internet research (answers have been included where appropriate).

The Venues

There are 12 venues spread across Germany. Weblinks have been provided for additional information about these locations in the table below. Please note: using Google to translate a few of these sites from the German can result in some curious English!

VENUE WEBSITES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FIFA World CupTM Official Website
Hamburg Population 1.7 million
Hamburg.de
Berlin Population 3.5 million
Berlin.de
Hannover Population 518,000
Hannover Panoramas
OAG – Hannover City Guide
Leipzig Populationn 494,000
About.com – Leipzig Guide
Gelsenkirchen Population 273,000
Gelsenkirchen.de
Dortmund Population 590,000
Dortmund.de
Cologne Population 1 million
About.com – Cologne
Frankfurt Population 652,000
Frankfurt.de
Kaiserslautern Population 100,000
Kaiserslautern.de
Stuttgart Population 590,000
Stuttgart.com
Nuremberg Population 497,000
Nuremberg.de
Munich Population 1.4 million
Muenchen.de

Football as a Global Business

Download this brief analysis of the squads for the competing countries and this breakdown of which countries players from each team play their league football. The increasingly cosmopolitan nature of world football, or to be more accurate, the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of the richest leagues in Western Europe, can be readily identified. An analysis of the countries of origin of players with the leading English clubs is an aspect of the game which might appeal to fans of particular teams. Full details of the squads can be found at FIFA.com.


First added to the GA website in June 2006, updated 27.06.08


<<< back to Planet Sport front page

Comment on this page

Comments made by GA members appear instantly and don't require security words to be entered - make sure you're logged in! Guest comments will be sent to a moderator for approval.

Journals

  • Primary Geography
  • Teaching Geography
  • Geography

Free access to subscribers

Online shop

Secondary Geography Handbook (book only)

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post-16

Secondary Geography Handbook (book only)

£54.99 £39.99*
GA Full and Concessionary Members

KS3 Geography Teachers' Toolkit: A Thorny Issue<br />Should I buy a Valentine’s rose?

Key Stage 3

KS3 Geography Teachers' Toolkit: A Thorny Issue
Should ..

£18.99 £13.99*
GA Full and Concessionary Members

Primary Geography Handbook

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Primary Geography Handbook

£44.99 £34.99*
GA Full and Concessionary Members

Inflatable Globe

All

Inflatable Globe

£6.99 £5.99*
GA Full and Concessionary Members

Geography gives you options...

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Geography gives you options...

£12.99 £8.99*
GA Full and Concessionary Members

  • Advertisement: Geography Education at the IOE
  • Visit the Discover the World website for geography resources
  • Find out more
  • Advertisement: Earthworks-Jobs.com
  • Visit the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015 homepage
Receive our email newsletters

Sign up to our email newsletter for all the latest news and updates throughout the year.