Two Giants on the field

July 1, 2006 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

What a great Match. My Voice is still down because of all the shouting. This was never just a quarter-final. This was nearly a final. Two of the strongest teams were fighting each other. As a journalist wrote: “This World Cup will loose quality because one of the two strongest and best teams in the Match will have to go home”. And so it is. Argentinia was really good. I have to admit that. They had a really good strategy and they made it hard for Germany to come into their game. But it was obvious, that both teams were nervous in the beginning. Especially Germay. There must have been an enormous pressure on them: They were in the quarter-finals. And the quarters are always a little bit traumatic for Germany. And they were playing about one of the Top-Favs in this World Cup and one of the “Big Teams” they haven’t won against for years now. So they started very nervous and didn’t get rid of their nervous game until the second half.
But on the other side: The German defense really outdid themselfs. They became stronger and stronger every Match. Who thought after the Match against Costa Rica that this defense would stop Riquelme and the other great striker from Argentinia? But they made a superb game. Sure, the Argentinian defense was as good as the german or even better. And especially the argentinian midfield was superb. They stopped every rush of the germans. Klose and Podolski had nearly no chance in the first half to get the ball. But in the second half Germany was coming back. They were making pressure and finding back into their game, especially after argentinians goal. This german Team is so great, because it never stops to fight. Even if Ballack is injured, Frings will help out. And so on. And after Odonkor came in the German play become more offensive. He ist still very young hotspur, but I think he has it in himself to become a really great player. It was the correct decision of Klinsmann to take him along to the world cup.

And of Course Lehmann. He was great. The “Elfmeter-Crusher”. What a great performance. He showed that he is rightly the number One.

So, now Germany is in the semi Finals. And they have finally beaten one of the “Big Teams”. Who would have thought of that before the World Cup began? I don’t think anyone can say now, that they were only lucky ’til now, although luck is always an important factor in football. But it would be too little to describe Germany’s Play only that way. They have shown, that they can play and that they can fight and they don’t loose their nerves. And that’s great for such a young Team. They have enormous potential for the next years to boost themselfs.

Now Italy may come. Italy is a great Team. Their defense is an iron Curt. But after this Game of Germany I am sure they have the potential to beat them. It will surely be another great game. But Germany does not need to hide from anyone now.


Entry filed under: Argentinia, Argentinien, Deutschland, FIFA WORLD CUP 2006, Gemany, WM2006, World Cup, World Cup 2006.

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