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England’s Goal Mystery

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History on June 21, 2012 at 13:05

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 was a goal, wasn’t it?

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History on May 7, 2012 at 12:31

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.

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Match of the Century, Football miracles and Jahrhundertspiele

In Britain, Cold War, England, Football, Germany, History, Identity, Sport on March 1, 2012 at 14:50

This blog is all about the Anglo-German rivalry and how it affects everyday life, football and politics. However, there are games that were labelled ‘Match of the Century’, ‘Miracles’ like the World Cup final of 1954 or the victories of West Germany against England in 1970 and 1972 or the ‘Jahrhundertspiel‘ between Italy and Germany. In each of the following examples at least either of them is always present, England or Germany, making a necessary link to the Anglo-German football rivalry. Where does this love for labelling games come from? And were these games really what their labels promised? Read the rest of this entry »

England, Penalties and Roy of the Rovers

In England, Football, Germany, Identity, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on July 11, 2011 at 10:08

There are some stories in sport that seem to be a given. One of them is that English football teams cannot handle the pressure of a penalty shoot out. The men normally lose against Germany as in 1990 and 1996 and Portugal in 2004 and 2006 while the women fared no better and crashed out against France on Saturday in Germany at the World Cup. This somehow suggests that English football has a profound problem when it comes to penalties.

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War of the Words

In England, Football, Germany, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on June 24, 2010 at 21:27

Well, well England vs Germany. The continent’s oldest and fiercest rivalry once more. This time as early as the second round. Already the war of the words has begun. With Der Kaiser delivering what was thought to be a broadside at the English could backfire against Löw’s team as England will be even more motivated. Stupidly enough some England players immediately took offence and responded, ignoring that the Kaiser is not so much a loved figure in Germany as he might think he is.

Like Kaiser Wilhelm II in the early twentieth century, Franz Beckenbauer is never shy of speaking his mind. One clearly does not need to be a historian of modern Germany to figure out the role of the Kaiser Wilhelm II and his verbal and political blunders in the build-up to WWI. Not that he carries the guilt all alone but he certainly played his role. A certain naïvety and undoubtedly huge portions egocentrism kickstarted all sorts of trouble in 1914.

The Germans liked their Kaiser in the early twentieth century and the English tend to think we still do in the twenty-first. That certainly is not the case. Beckenbauer is far from influential as he thinks he is. His column about football in BILD Zeitung often enough speaks the minds of the common people but is not considered to be of any value for the state of German football.

Labelling the efforts of the English finishing second in their group as stupid, Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer kickstarted the war of the words. Stupidly enough, they responded with a translation error, which made it look as though Beckenbauer has said just that. In response The Sun claimed Defoe demanded to bring on the Germans.

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