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Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

The morning after the night before

Deutsche Flagge - klein
Photo: Tobias Melzer (CC BY-SA 3.0)
 
Not even German supermarkets could resist showing their colours

 

E&M reader Stefan Kreppel gives his personal take on Germany's World Cup win in Brazil.

It’s the morning after Germany won the most prestigious title in the footballing world. I’m sitting on the train on my way to work, slightly hungover. The woman next to me has got herself one of those special issues that newspapers produce on such occasions and is reliving the most important moments of this World Cup for the German team.

The smile on her face reflects the feeling most Germans are experiencing after four weeks of soccer: satisfaction. Having fallen at the final hurdle in the previous four international tournaments, the title seemed long overdue in the eyes of the team, its fans and especially the media. Being the odds-on favourite to win transferred a lot of nervousness to the players, as well as to the people watching the match on one of the countless big screen televisions set up at public venues back home in Germany.

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