Monday, March 13, 2006

Soccer World Cup 2006 - The decline of German hopes

The German soccer team has lost the last important international match before the World Championship against Italy 1:4.
A not too little desaster taking the aim of becoming World Champion at home into consideration.
Not only the result but the way of playing was frightening. No idea, no spirit, no concept were apparent.
Okay, we have a young team and this should be the right approach, the old "stars" are saturated and lame. The young players should be hot and willing to pursue success.
But this should not mean fear and loathing of the ball, experience cannot be neglected. Especially the defense needs it, combined with midfield. And for the forwards, god will help.
Hopefully our coaches will find their way before it is too late.
A lot of young players lack practice because they are no starters in their teams. There are too little matches before the World Championship to close this gap.
But alternatives are rare. Christian Wörns of Borussia Dortmund has been kicked out. Most of the teams in the German league Bundesliga prefer foreign players for the defense. So where should experience come from? We have a big tradition of international respected defenders. Franz Beckenbauer, Katsche Schwarzenbeck, Bernd and Karl-Heinz Förster, Stefan Reuter, Jürgen Kohler just to mention a few. But these guys are too old now.
Something must have gone wrong............. defense, defense!!!!


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