Delayed, reprimanded, fleeced: FourFourTwo fall victim to the travel and organisational chaos threatening to derail Euro 2024

Leipzig train station
Leipzig train station (Image credit: Future)

The notion that trains run on time in Germany has always been a myth. I’ve lived in the country for nine years and have found them to be increasingly less reliable throughout that period. Intercity trains usually depart late and arrive even later. Inner-city trains, including the underground service, are often cancelled at short notice. 

I had high hopes that Germany would up its game for the Euros. The nation won the right to host the tournament six years ago and, if it isn’t able to offer a reliable service to those of us who live here permanently, I believed that it could at least put on a decent front for a month while the whole continent is visiting. I was wrong. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.