England fans tan and eat beer before their team's World Cup game against Paraguay on Saturday. Bars in Frankfurt opened around 10 am and the fans were quick to fill them, chanting and singing songs.
Although Frankfurt police reported 20 arrests in the city overnight, only four were English and none of the incidents were soccer related. "It's peaceful and going very well," Frankfurt police spokesman Peter Freier said Saturday. "There have been incidents but nothing to do with soccer hooliganism.
With up to 40,000 English fans arriving for the game, there is a heavy security presence in Frankfurt. Police in England are confident they have kept the main potential troublemakers at home, however, issuing more than 3,500 banning orders on known hooligans who have been ordered to hand in their passports.
Although police in Munich reported 103 arrests in the city before and after Germany's 4-2 opening game victory over Costa Rica, most were for drunken behavior and there were no serious incidents, reports the AP.