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What a Comeback

Wow, that’s really a big surprise. After their first Games I’ve never expected to see France in the Semi-Finals. I was sure that Brasil will win today, although they, too, didn’t play very well. But looking on this Team with all this great players I see no passion in their game. They were just doing their job, that’s all. The Goal of France was symptomatic for that. Five french Player versus 3 Brasil defender and four other Brasil Player in the second row, just staying there, looking and doing nothing. What was that?

And Zidane has found his magic again. Maybe not that much he had earlier. But he made a good game and had some very good situations. I am really surprised how France found back again into the Game. I expect them to win again Portugal, although Portugal will have Deco back again. But I thing France has a better Flow at the moment. Portugal wasn’t playing really overwhelmingly. Ok, England made it’s best Match in this World Cup, so it was a hard fight for both teams. But nevertheless I think that France has played better than Portugal.

And England is out. I wrote after their second game that they won’t reach the semi-finals. And I was right. Both “ever-secret-favorites” Spain and England are out again. The Fate of the World Cup has it’s own rules. One of this rules is, that Germany wins all his Penalty-shoot-outs and England looses them all. That’s Football.

So it will be Germany vs Italy and France vs Portugal. The chances are high, that the Final will be Germany vs France. We will see.

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July 1, 2006 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

Two Giants on the field

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.

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

Didn’t expect this …

No, I don’t mean Brasil vs. Ghana, although I hoped that Ghana would win, and they should have. No, I mean, I didn’t expect that France would win against spain. I was sure, that Spain would win against France on the way to the match against Brasil, where they will kick Brasil out of the Game. They were, next to Argentinia and Germany, my Top-Favs. But this is football and everything can happen. So spain again did not reach the quarter finals. What a pity. And their group-games were so great. I was really expecting a lot from them. So my Favs are running out. And I fear that Brasil will do it again, although there is no magic in their game.

Watching this World Cup I realized that something strange has happend: Germany, the “Mannschaft”, has always played effective but nearly never really nice football. Many other Nations have played nice, but not always that effective football. Now Germany has started to play nice, really nice football (and is effective until now). But now all the other Teams have started to play “german style”: effective, but far away from nice. Look at Brasil. They have won 3:0. They have shot something about 6 times on the Ghanaian goal. 6 Chances in 90 Minutes and 3 goals. They didn’t play “Brasil style” but “german style”. Or England. I am still surprised how they have come so far. They are playing really boring. But they are in the quarter finals.

I hope the “new german style” will win against the “old german style” and Germany will kick Argentinia back to South America. Then in the semi-finals they will break Italys fortress and in the finals they will show Brasil what real magic is. Revanche for 2002.

June 27, 2006 at 9:20 pm 5 comments

Netherland – Portugal: The Battle of Nürnberg (Die Schlacht von Nürnberg)

I haven't seen such a crazy Match for a long time. This even beats the Match USA – Italy. The emotions were coming through and the Match has lost all beaty. I am happy, that there weren't 30 Minutes extra time, because the result would have been even more cards. I am really disappointed.

Again disappointed about England, too. I don't know how they have reached the quarters. And they can really be happy, if you can be anyhow happy about that, that Portugal has been weakend that much in the Match against the Netherlands. Now they really have a chance to reach the semi finals. And that's not fair. England is really becoming more and more like Germany was before: They play horrible, but they win and the teams they are playing against are no Top-Teams. But as far as I can see it they will have to play again Brasil in the Semi-Finals, if they really reach them. And this will be their end-station.

I am really excited about Germany. Not just because I am a German. But because their are playing really great. They never stop fighting, even if they have 2 goals on their side. Klose is working 90 Minutes, Podolski has found the Goal. Ballack and Frings are playing better and better together, have german artillery, and Schneider of course. Also the defense, even if it is still the weakest part of the team. After Argentinia's Match against Mexico I am sure, that Germany has the chance to beat them, if they will play as aggressive as before and a little bit more concentrated then in some moments against sweden. The Semi-Finals are reachable. If the DFB will kick Klinsmann after this World Cup they will get kicked in their ….

June 25, 2006 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Das neue, coole Deutschland

Alle sind wichtig, aber keiner verkörpert diesen Spirit besser als Bernd Schneider, der Mann, dessen Gesicht man auf keinem Adidas-Poster findet; jener Bursche, der in diesem Turnier spielt wie ein ostdeutscher Pelé, auf den ersten Blick spröde, auf den zweiten brillant. Die Art, wie er Podolski jenes Tor auflegt, das dieser so dringend brauchte, werde ich so schnell nicht vergessen. Diese Aktion allein war im Kern das neue, coole Deutschland. (Spiegel)

Jawohl. Ich hoffe, dass sich etwas von diesem Geist, spritzig, clever, mutig aber nicht arrogant und überheblich sondern gemeinsam, auf die Nation niederschlägt und nicht auf den Rasen beschränkt bleibt.

June 23, 2006 at 11:37 am 1 comment

The Czechs are out…

There are some Teams that have disappointed me in this World Cup. But one Team has disappointed me more than the others: The czech Team. They were one of my hottest favorites, especially after their great Match against the USA. But after Kollers injury they didn't came back to their Game. Italy won deserved. They didn't play really beatiful, but stable and effective. If they keep playing stable and constant they will be one of the Top-Teams.

So, now I am excited, if Brasil will play better than the last two Games.

For Fav-list for now:

  1. Argentinina
  2. Spain
  3. Germany
  4. Italy
  5. Brasil

June 22, 2006 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

England – Schweden (Schluss)

England kann gegen Schweden nicht gewinnen. Krass. Ein Spiel voller Überraschungen. Deutschland gegen Schweden, das wird ein interessantes Spiel. Die Schweden werden kein einfacher Gegner werden. Aber sie spielen instabil, lassen sich einmauern. Aber sie können sich auch freikämpfen, wenn man sie lässt. Und sie sind sehr stark bei den Ecken. Das wird auf jeden Fall ein spannendes Spiel. 

Genauso auch das Spiel England gegen Ecuador. Wenn Ecuador sich bei Deutschland bewusst zurückgehalten hat um seine Spieler zu schonen und wenn Owen ausfällt und Rooney seine Form nicht ganz zurückbekommt, dann wird England gut rackern dürfen. Endlich beginnt die WM nach dem Vorrunden-Geplänkel so richtig.

June 20, 2006 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

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