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The advance guard of a noisy army of thousands of England fans reached Bloemfontein on Saturday. They're hoping to see their team avenge past defeats by beating old rivals Germany in Sunday's World Cup clash.
About 10-15-thousand travelling fans are expected at the 'City of Roses.'
At the Waterfront shopping mall, national flags were hung out in the midday sun, as supporters from both sides mingled, sharing a beer, swapping stories.
German fan Armain Hollensteiner said, "We all want to have a very nice game, fair play and after the game is one winner, hopefully Germany for me, but we are enjoying our time in South Africa."
Speaking at a press conference,the England coach said the squad will be able to handle the pressure of the vital game.
England coach Fabio Capello said, "I think it is important because we want to go forward, we want to play the next game, and I know the value of Germany, but I also know the value of my players. The pressure is normal when you play the World Cup, and the players understand everything."
For the local police, however, a clash between two old foes like England and Germany means a heightened security threat across the city.