The 2006 World Cup has pitched the city of Munich against Anheuser-Busch. The tournament, which runs from 9 June to 9 July in 2006, will take place in a dozen German cities, including Munich.

Anheuser-Busch has a deal with the sport's governing body, FIFA, which gives it exclusive rights to sell beer in and around World Cup stadiums. AB has been a sponsor or marketing partner for the tournament since 1986.

Officials in the southern city, however, want Bavarian beer to be sold at the tournament as well. The local Green party leader Sepp Duerr said yesterday: "When the world comes to Bavaria in 2006, our guests should be able to rely on learning about our unique cultural goods."

As Munich is the home of the Oktoberfest, local leaders are urging the Bavarian governor, Edmund Stoiber, to take up the issue.