Why I want Germany to win the World Cup
- 3 Jul 06, 09:52 AM
MUNICH - Ok, I know it’s hard to drum up much enthusiasm for the rest of the World Cup now England have packed their bags and gone home.
But there’s still a week to go and four teams left in it. We’ve got to wait four years until the next World Cup, so we may as well enjoy every minute while it lasts. So come on, who will you be cheering on in this week’s semi-finals?
For me, there’s only one choice.
Four weeks ago I could never have imagined cheering on England’s arch footballing rivals Germany.
But a month in Munich has completely changed my opinion of the people, the country and the team.
Jurgen Klinsmann has got his young side playing an attacking style of football you wouldn’t normally associate with the Germans and they’ve been the most entertaining side in the tournament.
Germany’s fans have also been fantastic. Thousands of people have taken to the streets after every match, waving flags, honking horns and turning every city into a sea of black, red and gold.
Don't get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against France, Italy or Portugal. Well, maybe Portugal. But at the same time there’s nothing about them that makes me want to root for them.
Right, I’m off now to buy wristbands, face paint and a comedy hat.
Auf gehts Deutschland schiesst ein Tor! (Come on Germany score a goal!)
PS. For all those who emailed or posted here asking for details of the song used at the end of the England Portugal game on Match of The Day... It was Numb from the Pet Shop Boys' album Fundamental.