Satis Shroff with his Creative Writing Class below the Greek statues in Freiburg. Soccer is everywhere, even at University (c) satisshroff
Commentary: GERMAN WALTZ EXCELS (Satis Shroff, Kappel-Freiburg)
Argentina was overwhelmed and they knew how Englishmen felt after the 4:1. The 4:0 victory over Diego’s eleven was far more significant. Messi, Huguain and Tevez could not put Argentina in the game again in the quarterfinals, and the team fell like Humpty Dumpty.
Thomas Müller, the destroyer of England, shone within three minutes. Alas, he won’t be playing against the Spaniards this Wednesday’s semifinals. Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose and Arne Friedrich were the ones who shot Germany to the semifinals. The performance of of the German team has driven people to the streets to rejoice, giving it the character of a folks-festival. Never were we Germans so proud at waving the German tricolour: yellow,black and red. People wore the colours on their backs, cheeks, blondes draped the flags on their lithe bodies. It’s just done. The sound of the noisy vuvuzelas emanating from the streets, stadiums, publich-viewings and rooftops, isolated farm houses taverns, inns, and cafes. Everyone’s infected and has football fever. Very contagious and shows pandemic proportions throughout the world.
Löw couldn’t have found a better goalie than Manuel Neuer and is more than a match for Kahn and Lehmann. The former works as a commentator now. It took Löw’s boys twenty minutes to crack down England’s defence. Sweinsteiger’s kick was terrific. Argentinia just couldn’t penetrate the German defence which stood like a flexible Berlin Wall.
In the 67th minute Klose received a pass from Podolski. Friedrich scored 3:0 in less than ten minutes. Klose complied with a volley shot after a pass from Özil. The German team was almost invincible in that game. The Guardian put it aptly: ‘As Argentina lament, so Germany dare to dream.’ The German eleven has been flourishing and outmanoeuvring their opponents in Ballack’s absence. German übermacht in the soccer lawns of South Africa. Will this trend go on? I hope so. So do 60 million Germans.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung came up with: ‘Germany unanimously Magicland.’ It is like a fairy-tale. Even I couldn’t resist the temptation of going berserk over the victory against Argentina. That’s tenacity, strategic intelligence, style and love of the game for you. Löw was cited as saying: ‘Even Argentina is vulnerable.’ What about Spain? On Wednesday we’ll be wiser.
‘Das war Wahnsinn, was abgelaufen ist,’ said Müller euphorically after the match was over.Yes, it’s madness.