Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aus, Vorbei, Erledigt

Famed English footballer Gary Lineker once said, "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."

Doch in Südafrika ist Deutschland im Halbfinale an Spanien gescheitert, und die nationale Enttäuschung ist groß. Ehrlich spielten beide Mannschaften besonders gut, und es war wirklich ein Vergnügen, das Spiel zu beobachten.

Speaking of freudenschade (previous post), it was interesting to read the coverage of the Spain-Germany match in Der Spiegel. The images and captions in this photo gallery, for example, not-so-subtly depict Spanish fans as being particularly rowdy.

The title of the photo gallery, "Spanien im Freudentaumel," translates to "Spain in Ecstasy" (lit. Freuden: happiness + Taumel: delirium). The subtitle requires little explanation―"Olé, olé, olé, olé." Also, many of the captions are quite freudenschädlich (adj).

At any rate, here's a well-deserved ¡felicitaciones, España!

P.S. Some of you may want to pay attention to the Orakel of Oberhausen.