We all love the Germans!
- 18 Jun 06, 03:49 PM
Isn’t it funny how 10 days of football can change so many people’s ideas about other nations?
I never expected to hear so many voices from around the world say how great the Germans are. I also didn’t expect the World Cup to be quite such an international love-in.
But that seems to be the way it’s shaping up, most of the time.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve scribbled down “the Germans are great and all the fans are so friendly” in my notebook as supporters from a host of different countries tell me their views on their time here.
Of course, there is the odd bit of aggro – mostly heard from drunk English and Australian fans on late-night train journeys in my experience – but it seems far outweighed by the positives.
The hosts seem wisely to have decided to rise above any German-baiting and concentrate on making sure their million or so visitors have a good time.
I was speaking to Paul and Geoff, from Staffordshire, England, as we watched the nerve-wracking Italy-US game on a big screen in Kaiserslautern last night.
“They’re beautiful people,” said Geoff, about pretty much every nationality he’d encountered on his trip.
He also said how great it was that Germans seemed to have regained their pride in being German – for many years after World War II a difficult subject. Several Germans have also told me how proud they are to have the tournament here. Long may the love-in last!
By the way, thank you to everyone who sent comments on how Kaiserslautern – known as K-town to the US military stationed nearby – got its nickname.
I have to say, it may be small but I really like the place – which is lucky as I’ll be here once more on my travels round Germany.