do not mention the war

The myth is dead.

In England, Football, Germany, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on July 26, 2010 at 21:01

The myth is dead. That was the title of one newspaper article from Germany the morning after the England match at the World Cup claiming that the myth of Wembley has finally been buried. Other papers wrote similar headlines. That implies that there has been a myth about the so-called “Wembley Tor” or the third goal as the English would put it in the first place. It is doubtful that there has been such a myth. According to my dictionary a myth is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon and typically involving supernatural beings or events. As this would elevate all players from England participating in the final of 1966 to the status to that of half gods, this concept needs further explanation. Certainly Moore, Hurst, Charlton, Banks and co are not considered to be gods or half gods. Also the time is not too distant and many people in the British Isles still can remember what they did and where they were on that day. Rather to declare it a myth is more a way to deal with the fact that England actually won anything and nothing ever since. It is a way to deal with reality, an Ersatzreligion. A second explanation is that of false belief or idea. Now that is a little bit closer to the truth, the false belief being that England post 1966 believe(d?) that they are the best in the world.

I think the writer was right, the myth is dead.


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