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Germany

Germans Fail in Wembley Bridge Campaign

German soccer fans who had organized an Internet mobbing campaign to win a competition to name the new Wembley Stadium bridge in London has failed. The competition, run by the London Development Agency, asked for fans to write in and vote for the name they most wanted attached to the link between England's new national stadium and the nearby London suburb of Wembley. Thousands of Germans had voted to get Liverpool player and fellow countryman Dietmar Hamann on the shortlist in a mischievous attempt to get the name of the last player to score in the old Wembley stadium on the bridge. Hamann's goal in the 1-0 win in 2001 ended an era on a sour note for English fans. The organizers, however, had the last say and have banned him as a possible name for the footbridge despite a spokesman for the London Development Agency confirming that Hamann's name was the most nominated "by some distance". The shortlist of five possible names for the bridge includes: Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst -- all names connected to England's 1966 World Cup win, The White Horse and Live Aid.

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