Now we’re even, Germany tells England

2010-06-28 08:30

“Thank you, football God,” screamed the headline in Bild, Germany’s

biggest paper, after Germany hammered England 4-1.

“After 44 years, the Wembley goal is finally balanced out. Now the

English know how we have felt the whole time.”

Many German papers concentrated on the disallowed Frank Lampard

strike that clearly crossed the goal line, according to replay footage, and

would have taken the match to 2-2, claiming revenge for a similar incident in

the 1966 World Cup final, when West Germany felt similarly robbed.

“Sorry,” said the Die Welt broadsheet in English. “Now we’re


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 (football God),” wrote Bild, on a page

with huge photos of the 1966 and 2010 incidents.

And on the front page: “Jungs (lads), we love you.”

“YES!” exclaimed the Berliner Kurier. “That was the revenge for


“Forty-four years after the final in London, this time it is

England crying over a bad refereeing decision.”

The Süddeutsche Zeitung mocked the “old enemy” with a simple

“Sorry England”, whereas Die Welt’s headline ran “Einfach (simply)


The Neues Deutschland was somewhat more balanced in its headline:

“Germany advances to the quarterfinals against Argentina with good passing

football – and a little bit of luck.”

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,

when it appeared to have landed short.

“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


“Dear England, let’s bury the hatchet and look forward to massive

duels between our two teams in the future.”

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