Television, radio and newspaper journalists have been pouring into West Germany to cover the World Cup Football Finals starting on June 13.
Television, radio and newspaper journalists have been pouring into West Germany to cover the World Cup Football Finals starting on June 13. The nerve centre for collecting and transmitting information about matches in progress throughout West Germany is the German Olympic Centre (DOZ) in Frankfurt.
DOZ coped successfully with the massive coverage of the Olympic Games in 1972. World Cup matches throughout West Germany will be transmitted live to the television monitors at DOZ.
The newsmen's credentials were also very carefully checked by security officials.
A massive security blanket has been spread over all the World Cup preparations. The massacre of some of the Israeli Olympic team in 1972 still casts a long shadow. Thousands of police are taking precautions against possible rocket attacks and even suicide air-attacks on Frankfurt Stadium.
The first match of the Finals is between Yugoslavia and Brazil in Frankfurt on Thursday (13 June). Armed police with trained dogs have been patrolling the grounds of the hotel in which the Yugoslavs are staying, while the Brazilian practice ground at Hochheim is surrounded by a wooden fence. The guards on the gate have machine guns.