Italy wreck Becker's Berlin party plans
- 5 Jul 06, 02:57 PM
DORTMUND - Imagine interviewing one of Germany's biggest sporting legends. Imagine interviewing him straight after Germany are dumped out of the World Cup.
Boris Becker rocketed in my estimations though. The guy was clearly gutted but he stuck to the commitment and talked eloquently for our Match Of The Day highlights programme.
Like most Germans he was willing penalties. Just two more minutes and Jens Lehmann would have been delving into his database of penalty takers.
There was a lot of shaking of the the head from Boris and he kept saying 'You know we thought we were going to Berlin'. Cue - more sighing. Poor guy.
He did speak about the positives arising from this World Cup - Germany's team spirit; how Jurgen Klinsmann transformed a side with arguably only three world-cass players - into one of the top four in the world.
He said they all wanted "Klini" to stay on as coach for two years and Jurgen was thinking about it and talking to his family.
And he also spoke about Germany's new found identity, stressing it's an expression of patriotism not nationalism.
Boris hopes that people will want to come to Germany after the world cup for their holidays. Well I certainly will.