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29 April 1972: England – Germany 1-3: 40 Years After

In England, Football, Germany, History, Identity on April 29, 2012 at 10:00

This match went down in German sports writing as the ‘Miracle of Wembley’. Quite why is unknown. This match however, should be marked as the watershed between England and Germany when it came to football. It was the first win of a German team on record at Wembley in a competitive match. It was the third defeat of England against Germany in a row. All these things should have given English football something to think about. Albeit it didn’t. England and Germany went in diametrically opposed directions. 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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‘Football belongs to everyone…

In England, Football, Identity, Sport, World Cup on June 6, 2011 at 13:13

…and we’re in charge’, is how Sepp Blatter reacted to allegations of corruption and the demand for a delay of the presidential election at FIFA this Wednesday. This quote puts in a nutshell what many are considering is wrong with the world governing body of football. Normally it would be the fans who are in charge of football as they pay the gate figures or subscription fees and buy the latest merchandize. And yet the controversy surrounding the FIFA election was a big thing in England and Germany but the English FA are being made the laughing-stock of world football simply because they dared to stand up and speak out against what they considered unfair, while the German FA kowtowed to Blatter and his gang once more. The idea of fair play is kept in high regard in English football although money seemed to have killed off the idea. This however, is not the central point but rather the reactions from England should be of interest here. Once more the English media come across as aloof when it comes to FIFA. It is an inherent thinking that England somehow should rule football, like FIFA does now as the modern game of football has been invented in England. It must have been painful to see the 2018 World Cup go to Qatar albeit England certainly has the better infrastructure when it comes to football. Notwithstanding, the reaction was that of wounded pride and a retreat to the island, which is historically the normal English reaction after painful experiences against continental or oversea opposition, followed. As noble and correct the English advance was, so wrong it was in its set up. The same must be said about the German FA’s creepy role with regards to the blazer brigade in Zürich, which even appalled many German journalists. FIFA must change otherwise the game will no longer belong to everyone.

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