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German press hails World Cup heroes

AFP/The Local · 4 Jul 2010, 10:08

Published: 04 Jul 2010 10:08 GMT+02:00

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"1954, 1974, 1990 ... " ran the headline on Sunday's Tagesspiegel daily, the dates of Germany's three previous World Cup wins, the paper hoping 2010 would soon be added to the list.

"Thank you, you heroes," screamed the Bild am Sonntag on its front page, with pictures of Argentina coach Diego Maradona "snivelling" and Chancellor Angela Merkel cheering her team on from the stands.

"1-0 Mueller, 2-0 Klose, 3-0 Friedrich, 4-0 Klose. Yes, you are our heroes. Yes, we'll never forget you. Yes, we're in the semi-finals," added the paper. "Unbelievable, incredible. You just can't put it into words. The football god is smiling on Germany. We beat Argentina 4-0, we're in the World Cup semi-final and we're playing the most beautiful football in the whole world."

The Berliner Kurier told its readers: "Call your sons Jogi", referring to

German coach Joachim Löw. "The sweetest win of all time. How come no one has come up to us yet and shouted 'Wake up, eyes open, it was all a dream?"

After Maradona's pre-match barbs at the German team, Bild could not resist a bit of gloating at his downfall. "Cry for me Argentina," the paper said, with a picture of Löw looking at him as he cried on his daughter's shoulder.

And it was not just the tabloids raving about the game. The usually reserved Welt am Sonntag wrote: "Ooh, that was gooooood!", bringing the universal sound of the vuvuzela onto its front page.

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Under the headline "Germany's most beautiful tango," the paper said: "The football world lies at Germany's feet."

With Argentina and Maradona dispatched, the papers looked forward to their team taking "revenge" on Spain for their defeat in the final of the 2008 European Championships.

"This Spanish team holds no fear for us," Bild said confidently, after Spain's stuttering performance in their 1-0 quarter-final win against Paraguay.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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10:51 July 4, 2010 by maxbrando
It was good!! But, this team must play like this in the next 2 games. The unbeatable German team showed up only yesterday, and for the 1st match. And some of it showed up for the England match. Inconsistent, get what I mean?
11:22 July 4, 2010 by ashraf999
If Germany played against Spain as they did against Argentina, they would beat them easily!. It was the best match Germany played in this tournament. Keep that momentum and you will win the world cup!. Go Germany!
12:37 July 4, 2010 by Fruitkok
A wonderful match of Germany. If we, the Dutch, would not have been in the semi-finals, I can tell you, all of us would wish Germany would win the final. Hopefully you will beat Spain so that the we get our dream-final of Germany - Netherlands (2-3).
22:08 July 4, 2010 by mikecowler
What a brilliant game..0-4...as long as we score and win against Spain without, one match suspended Muller and there,s no more suspensions of "Jogi,s" players during the game the cup,s Deutschlands beating Holland 2-1 beating spain 3-1...
10:32 July 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
All this tabloid gushing is just a tad premature, don't you think? Granted, Germany is playing superb football at the moment, and stands a very good chance to win the cup, but this isn't a fail accompli by any means. There's this old saying about counting one's chickens....
18:20 July 5, 2010 by smitherman
Win or lose, this team has shown us all what teamwork is all about. No stars, just a bunch of kids (albeit superbly trained kids) playing to win. Not the usual 'win at home, tie away' mentality which usually makes football so boring. This young team is just catching their second win and have two more chances to show the sport at it's best. Win or lose, this is one group of boys Germany has every right to be proud of.
21:44 July 5, 2010 by banker1
Yes the media is generally not gifted when it come to the mood of the people. I am sure that most if not all Germans are quite reserved about winning as we do not generally count ones chickens before they hatch especially when it come to soccer. I can however appreciate the unabashed enthusiasm for this team which has already gone beyond expectations in its meetings with England, Argentina and now faces the Euro cup winners Spain on Wednesday. Certainly by no means an easy road to the finals for the young German team.
00:34 July 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I like their aggressive (and clean) style of play, a welcome departure from the boring, militaristic traditional style of German football. I love their balls-to-the-wall counter attacks and their disciplined defense. I also love the elegant Spanish style of ball control and one-touch precision passing. This should be a great match. I wonder how much Germany will miss their sparkplug, Thomas Müller, who is the pleasant surprise of the tournament.
04:54 July 6, 2010 by Eagle1
Way to go, Germany!!!! But "Yes, you are our heroes?" Soccer players are not heroes. They are entertainers. Your heroes are your soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, your teachers, and your scientists trying to make life better for everyone.
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