An elderly man looks…

An elderly man looks at a toy goalpost flanked by cutouts of Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho in an Athens supermarket yesterday. Local stores have boosted their advertising push ahead of the World Cup, which started in Germany yesterday, in a bid to step up sales of products ranging from television sets to shampoos and beer. Greece’s national soccer team, the reigning European champions, failed to qualify for the finals. Meanwhile, in Frankfurt yesterday, police said they had arrested a Greek national for pulling a knife on an England fan in what authorities described as being an isolated incident. The man was arrested late on Thursday after a confrontation in a pub full of England fans but no one had been hurt in the incident, according to German police.

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