Tears across the country as Germany mourns loss

2010-07-08 07:46

“It’s finished. It’s over. We’re out,” cried Germany’s most-read

paper, Bild, as the country descended into collective mourning following the 1-0

semi-final defeat to Spain that ended their World Cup dream.

“The whole of Germany is now upset and tears are flowing up and

down the country,” the paper said, adding, with unusual fairness: “No matter how

tough it may be to accept, the defeat was deserved.”

“Our guys tried everything. But unfortunately, we just didn’t get

the right chances. These Spanish, we have to admit, were simply too good for


“1-0. Germany weeps. Spain go though,” wrote the regional Hamburger


“The fairy-tale is over,” said weekly Die Zeit on its


The more reserved Frankfurter Allgemeine said that Germany’s “dream

journey” had ended and Spiegel magazine said on its website “Spain destroys

Germany’s dreams of reaching a final.”

Spiegel online judged that the team were “anxious, nervous and

played as if hindered.”

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung was also critical of Joachim Loew’s

players. “The German team showed too much respect for the Spanish and weren’t

able to push their opponents back enough.”

But Berlin’s popular tabloid “BZ” chose to look more optimistically

towards the future, with hopes high for Germany’s young team that probably

exceeded expectations in this World Cup.

“Shame, boys. But you’ll be back,” it said on its website.

“It was still a great World Cup.”

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