England will play Germany at Wembley this afternoon. And no one has mentioned the war. Read the rest of this entry »
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The title of the film by German film maker Stefan Keber suggests what many people already know: England have not won any major trophy since their World Cup triumph at Wembley in July 1966: England are cursed by Wembley and the third goal. Not just that, every time they appeared to be coming close to another final, there were German teams eliminating them from the tournament. The last time in 1996 at the Euro held in England. Read the rest of this entry »
The Euro 2012 quarterfinals came to a close yesterday with another penalty shoot out defeat for England. This time it was Italy who possessed the better nerves and scored 4 out of 5 shots, while England started brightly but the two Ashleys, Cole and Young delivered 2 weak penalties, one hitting the cross-bar the other being saved easily by Gigi Buffon, the Italian goal keeper. Read the rest of this entry »
In a close game between the Ukraine and England, the latter managed to get a goal after 48 minutes to take the lead. However, it was 20 minutes later when Marko Devic scooped the ball over Joe Hart and into the English goal. Yet, John Terry got his foot on the ball and kicked it out. Ukraine understandably were infuriated by he decision not to award the goal as they thought the ball has clearly crossed the line. If they were sceptical of goal line technology, they will now be fierce supporters. A History. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s just about a few days until EURO 2012 will kick off in Poland and the Ukraine and for three weeks the footballing gravity centre will be between Warsaw and Kiew. What has this got to do with this blog? Initially not a lot and yet quite a lot. Germany has a special relationship to Poland and Thomas Urban has written a superb book about the football in the history of these two countries, titled White Eagles, Black Eagles published by Germany’s most prominent sports publishing house Werkstatt-Verlag. Read the rest of this entry »
… 22 players chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win’ is one of the most famous football quotations. After the Champions League Final in Munich Gary Lineker added to his famous quote ‘not any more‘ after Chelsea beat Bayern in the Champions League Final. On top of that, many commentators took particular pride that it was on penalties, a German special weapon in big finals. In Munich Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivica Olic failed to score and Drogba won the trophy for Chelsea with his last shot in a Chelsea shirt. Read the rest of this entry »
With the Champions League Final 2012 to be played in Munich at the Allianz-Arena between the ‘home team’ Bayern Munich and Chelsea, another Anglo-German footballing encounter is set to take place tomorrow. Here is some of the press coverage in the paper’s pre-match writings. Read the rest of this entry »
Just like the Hundred Years’ War between France and England (1337 – 1453) the sporting relations between England and Germany as well as England and France could equally be described as Hundred Years’ Wars. Just like their historical blue print, the Anglo-German ‘Football war‘ or the Anglo-French rugby rivalry are not constantly contested conflicts rather they flicker from time to time and there are periods when these ‘wars’ will appear to be hot instead of cold, i.e. ahead of a football or rugby match and in the aftermath of these. Most of this will happen in the media, where all sorts of language is used to describe the events on the pitch in most the bellicose manner. That the language to describe football matches contains martial terms and phrases, makes it even easier for writers and journalists to paint a picture of war and conflict.
When I posted that Geoff Hurst admitted that his second goal in the World Cup Final 1966 has NOT crossed the line, it was with a big pinch of salt and it sounded as though it was a belated April’s fools joke. However, he has retracted on the same day, admitting that it was a set-up in accordance with Blue Square Premier, an online betting company. Hurst’s retraction can be found here and on another platform here.
Regular readers of this blog will certainly know or at least have an idea who is the originator of that quote. Sir Geoff Hurst, only scorer of a hat-trick in a World Cup Final does not stop to reiterate that the ball for his controversial second goal has crossed the line despite being disproved by scientists. It came as a surprise therefore that he recently announced that the ball had not crossed the line and that he was thankful to the Russian linesman that day, Tofik Bakhramov. The clip of his ‘confession‘ can be seen here.