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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Will The Real Germany Please Stand Up ?

One of the things I've always liked about the Germans is their unshakeable self-confidence. This applies both to Germans I've met personally and, of course, to the German national football team. They have always seem to know where they're going and exactly how they're going to get there.

This World Cup, however, you can almost taste the uncertainty and there seems to be a feeling of impending doom, despite the considerable advantage of playing all matches at home.

All the old faces are coming out of the woodwork to stick the knife in and the football hasn't even started yet. Berti Vogts has
accused the German players of being workshy . Lothar Matthaeus thinks Germany have "no chance at all" and that he could do a better job (always was a modest guy). Only 7% of Germans think that Germany can win this World Cup.

With this kind of build up, and with a few injuries to key players, I'm beginning to wonder if this will be a disaster of similar scale to France's performance at the 2002 Finals. Thi s is all so unlike the Germans, after all.

It might be time to look for bets on Germany not to qualify from Group A. SportingOdds have this possibility at 6/1 and that looks good value to me.

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posted by mark_s at 2:39 PM


Blogger News said...

They won 7-0 last night, along with their previous history of almost always making the finals at the World Cup, it seems the germans know how to "engineer" the wins pretty good :-)

1:21 AM  
Blogger mark_s said...

True, but thrashing Luxembourg is hardly a sign of things to come. It's like playing a pub team. Still good luck to you.

11:05 AM  

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