But not as tragic as an outbreak of the bird flu infecting people from the four corners of the world who went to see the WC. THAT would be a true tragedy, on a global scale. World Cups have been cancelled before due to world war, and this epidemic is another mighty good reason to call off the tournament.
It would be a pity, no question there. Especially for the great players who would see their WC dream going down the toilet – like Nedved, Drogba and Schevchenko. And of course, for all the top players who may be too old to wait for 2010, like Zidane, Cafu, Henry, Nesta and so many others. But honestly, avoiding a worldwide outbreak of a lethal epidemic is FAR more important.
Let's hope it doesn't come to that. But the WC is definitely less important than containing this terrible disease.
The problem is that if they really put everything on the line to find a cure for this drug they would have, but since it has not affectd the western hemisphere yet and nor is especially easy to make profit from the big companies and countries are not too much into creating an anti-viral to his flu. It might get devastating consequences for many people around the world, and then especially human beings in Africa aswell as Asia.
2006 Italy-France: real nail-biter until the end, Zidane headbutt one of the most iconic moments in WC history
2010 Spain-Holland: another tense nail-biter
1998 France-Brazil: sure it was one-sided but it was real upset given that Brazil was seen as favorites. Quality football.
I think it might be Vorwärts Leipzig aka ZSK/ZASK/ASK/FC Vorwärts Berlin aka FFC Viktoria 91 or 1. FC Frankfurt, as it is now known.
Moved between 3 cities (including the famous moment in 1953 when the club was basically "stolen" from Leipzig). And...