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German media roundup: Late revenge for Wembley?

AFP/The Local · 28 Jun 2010, 11:00

Published: 28 Jun 2010 11:00 GMT+02:00

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But the disallowed goal by English midfielder Frank Lampard also raised the spectre of the infamous 1996 final in Wembley, when England beat West Germany after another questionable call by the referee.

"Thank you football God," screamed the headline in sensationalist Bild daily, after Germany had booked its spot in the quarter-finals. "After 44 years, the Wembley goal is finally balanced out. Now the English know how we have felt the whole time."

The Lampard strike, which replays showed had clearly crossed the goalline, would have evened the match at 2-2. But most German papers had little sympathy for their English rivals.

"Sorry," said the right-wing Die Welt broadsheet in English. "Now we're even."

After Bild wrote its Saturday edition scrupulously avoiding Anglicisms on the eve of the game, the papers allowed their English creativity to flow after the game.

"Thank you Fussball-Gott)," wrote Bild, on a page with huge photos of the 1966 and 2010 incidents. And on the front page: "Jungs, we love you."

"YES!" exclaimed the tabloid Berliner Kurier. "That was the revenge for Wembley 44 years after the final in London, this time it is England crying over a bad refereeing decision."

The centre-left Süddeutsche Zeitung offered a simple "Sorry England" and said the Wembley incident, a “thorn in the side of German football,” could now finally be put to rest. But the Munich daily said another football legend would continue to live on: poor English goalkeeping. “The English will only manage to beat Germany when they decide to play with a goalkeeper.”

Berlin’s centrist daily Der Tagesspiegel called the disallowed Lampard goal a “horrible mistake” that could have even cost England the match. “Maybe, probably most likely the game would have turned out differently,” the paper wrote. “The discussion and debate will continue for some time to come.”

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Not prone to bouts of national exuberance, the leftist daily Neues Deutschland wrote: "Germany advances to the quarter-finals against Argentina with good passing football - and a little bit of luck."

And the Bild offered an olive branch to English fans who have sworn for 44 years that Geoff Hurst's England goal" in 1966 did in fact cross the line by conceding that it was indeed a good decision by the officials after all.

"We admit without doubt that it was definitely a goal. You were robbed. But please, will you now admit as well: the goal at Wembley was NOT a goal. Dear England, let's bury the hatchet and look forward to massive duels between our two teams in the future."

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Your comments about this article

14:02 June 28, 2010 by Flying Scot
Schottland is delighted
17:07 June 28, 2010 by Al uk
Lol some good headlines and who says the Germans have no sense of humour :-)

The best team won and there can be no complaints, crossbar wise they are/were BOTH goals :-)

As a England fan i can only now wish Germany the best of luck for the weekend match and hope you stuff the Argies and go on and win the cup!
07:09 June 29, 2010 by JAMessersmith
As a Kalifornien (my families came here from Ofterdingen and Tailfingen generations ago), I can tell you that coming in to the World Cup, my English friends (from Norwich) couldn't shut up about how great their team was, and how inexperienced the Germans were. Since my own USA team is amateurish at best (perhaps in a couple years we'll take it more seriously), I've always rooted for Deutschland, and I can't tell you how great that win was... There was some whining about that bad call, but there was no doubt who the better team was out there. To the Finals!
10:34 June 29, 2010 by Stuart1977
Lampard dived for a free kick outside the penalty area this was his karma!
11:29 July 4, 2010 by free_ma_of_wessex
England played like Turkeys, most English fans think they are Donkeys and will be replaced. Good Luck to Germany.

Play up Pompey, pompey play up......................................
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