Dinko Šakić rumour
According to Actiontrip's review
of the game one can hear the fans sing the name "Dinko Šakić". Šakić was a Crotian concentration camp commander in WW2. From 1998 until his death in 2008 he was in a Croatian prison after having been tracked down by the Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff.
Oliver Kahn controversy
Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
, from club Bayern München, and the German national team sued Electronic Arts
over the use of his name and portrait without permission in this game. In April 2003, a judge ruled that his claim was warranted and in January 2004 it was confirmed in another trial in Hamburg.