Rivals’ press bow before Germany

German Football
By German Football June 15, 2010 23:35

Rivals’ press bow before Germany

Bulldozers became ballerinas as Germany’s dazzling World Cup display saw old clichés buried.

The British, of all people, led the media praise, and even the press of record five-time champions Brazil took a bow before Joachim Loew’s youngsters over their 4-0 demolition of Australia.

In Germany itself, memories of the 2006 World Cup on home turf returned, with tens of thousands of fans celebrating at fanfests across the country, led by a crowd of almost 60000 in Hamburg.

The party continued into the early hours of last night and even the odd tooting of vuvuzelas was heard.

“4-0, now we will toot them all off the pitch,” screamed the front page of the Bild yesterday in awe of the team and in mockery of the loud plastic horns. “This is going to be our World Cup.”

Kicker praised “the new Germany” for “a super start” as youngsters Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Holger Badstuder and Cacao taught Australia a football lesson, together with established players Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Rarely has a German team shown so much skill. Brazil’s O Globo felt reminded of the team that won the last title for Germany in 1990.

“Younger, more attacking, a feeling for the ball. It’s still early and Australia is not a big deal, but there is the impression that a new Germany is surfacing: So capable of being champion and with such beautiful football that hasn’t been seen since the last title 1990 with (Lothar) Matthaeus and (Juergen) Klinsmann,” said O Globo.

The Folha de Sao Paulo named the German performance “worthy of a champion”.

Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport praised “a five-star performance”, while Spanish sports daily Marca spoke of “football with violins” as “Germany re-invents itself”.

While Germany has won most of its opening matches at World Cups, it was the display itself that stunned everyone.

“It appears as if the team is following the nation (in 2006) in transforming itself to the better.

“This was the Germans, but not as we know them,” said the British newspaper The Times.

“Germany unpicked Australia, played around them and ultimately left them humiliated. There was a familiar ring to a couple of the goalscorers, but this was a side with the touch of ballerinas as much as bulldozers.”

The Daily Telegraph agreed: “It is time to banish the clichés and consign the stereotype of German football to history.

“Yes, this performance was efficient, well organised and utterly ruthless.

“But it was also coated with a flair, unpredictability and youthful zest that has been hitherto unheard of in even some of the greatest Germany teams.”

The team still has to prove its class against Serbia and Ghana, and then the knockout stages start the event all over again, but Sunday’s message from Durban was clear.

“Germany set the World Cup alight last night as they handed out a real footballing lesson. Joachim Loew’s side showed everyone how the game should be played with this impressive four-goal thumping of 10-man Australia,” said The Sun.

German Football
By German Football June 15, 2010 23:35
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  1. Hasan Mostafa June 16, 00:11

    Love you Germany 🙂


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