Any World Cup fans who arrive early in Leipzig could be in for a big surprise. Instead of the beer and bratwurst they may be expecting, the streets will be awash with mead, medieval markets, music - and extravagantly dressed Goths. For Leipzig, the only city in the former East Germany chosen to host World Cup matches, is also home to the self-proclaimed world's biggest Goth festival. Some 20,000 enthusiasts will gather from as far afield as Japan, Australia and the US for the Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival from 2 to 5 June. Six days later, the city's Zentralstadion will be the stage for the first football World Cup game for Serbia and Montenegro and the Netherlands.
From BBC News, and there is also a BBC World Cup blog.
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