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The Local · 14 Jun 2010, 17:45

Published: 14 Jun 2010 17:45 GMT+02:00

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A day after Germany decimated Australia's Socceroos, our bloggers sifted through the portent for the rest of the tournament. We also found out the Germans don't need the UK media to make dumb Nazi references for them and uncovered a technical solution to those annoying vuvuzela horns.


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18:10 June 14, 2010 by Bushdiver
Once again the media is making more out of the German win over Australia than really is. Germany doesn't have any real challanges through the opening round. The German team did play well against Australia, but then who is Australia? The Germans have been given more or less a first round bye. Let's see what happens in the and who they face in the next round. So far this WM has been pretty boring. The best game I think so far was Korea vs Greece and then Germany vs Australia. My reasoning behind my pick was not many expected Korea to beat Greece, but anyone who follows soccer knows that Australia is not in the same league as the Germans.
18:49 June 14, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
bushdiver I am sorry you were bored... I was very entertained last night! I agree that the Korea Greece game was a surprise. And who knows what will happen next? Schau ma mal...To me that is what is entertaining.

But how did Australia qualify to be there? Were they not among the better teams? Is it the fault of Germany that they were matched up? Or do you just have an axe to grind with Germany? I'm from Florida but would put my money on Germany over the US team!
19:23 June 14, 2010 by marimay
Of course Germany is better than the US team. US doesn't stand a chance, they lucked out in their first game.
03:00 June 15, 2010 by franconia
So, you say Germany only goes ahead because of teams like Australia, and explain to me why did they reach the finals 11 times and Brazil only 10 times? Brazil played in the 1950 World Cup, Germany was not invited. So, you German bashers, especially the Brits, get a life. If i was a Brit, i would keep my mouth shut. Remember 1966 instead ,the only GLORY in british football history. You can only thank the press on both sides of the Atlantic for all the hype about your team, but you have not lived up to it. Not even this year. Remember its 666 now. Long live the German curse of 1966.
08:08 June 15, 2010 by Bushdiver
@ JohnnesKönig....I wasn't running your team down. You missunderstood my remarkes. The Germans played a very good game and I know for many people lots of goals make the game interesting to them. I mearly meant to say that although the Germans scored 4 goals that didn't make the game as exciting as the S.Korea/Greece match. You have to admit the practically every WM the Germans usually draw into a weak group. Also, you can't tell me that this WM has been exceptionally exciting. It hasn't. If I were to take that bet that the Germans would beat the US then I would be a total idiot. Personally I don't think the US even belongs in the WM.
10:03 June 15, 2010 by Aschaffenburgboy
I am tired of hearing how the Germans are always in easy groups. All these teams had to qualify to be present in S. Africa, so spare me the excuses. These are all professional talented players, and any given day any of these teams could play at their best and reach the top, it happens every year in all kinds of sports. It could also go south, the best team could play really crappy and lose to the underdog.

1)They had the ball longer than we did

2)They are always in an easier group than we are

3)We played a tougher opponent than they did

Excuses are like ***holes, everybody's got one and they all stink!
16:21 June 15, 2010 by pmach
Its interesting when you watch the games every team is compared to how the German played. Its not about the 4 goals as they could have had several... it was all about the TEAM work, tight passing as apposed to lobbing the ball up the flanks that everyone is impressed with they had very good control of the ball and acted aggressively on the net always attacking. It was a fantastic game to watch as everyone already knows period.

The Germans played a very strong and technical passing game and THAT is why they are getting the attention and used by comparison to other teams. They say that it looks like the team has been playing together for years which is difficult to do in world cups. The question is how will Brazil, Spain and others strategy/striking now compare.

The other issue is you have relatively unknow players on the German team who are very good and mixed in with seasoned German internation vetrans so if they can play as well as they did TECHNICALLY on Sunday and remain true to their passing form it doesnt matter who the meet as long as they maintain their current form and control and 4 aggressive strikers available at any time that opens up any defence.
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