All hail San Iker and Pulpo Paul!

Germany Fan by Ines Eiban Just like four years ago, the biggest star of the World Cup has hung up his boots after it. Like Zinedine Zidane before him, Paul the psychic octopus has had enough and opted for retirement. Both used their heads to great effect in their respective tournaments, but it [...]

The World Cup legacy

The world's most spectacular football bonanza; the World Cup, has finally come to an end. Looking back at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it will be remembered by many with nostalgia. Both on and off the pitch, the tournament was never short of drama.  There were lots of surprises on the [...]

By |July 13th, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, General|Comments Off on The World Cup legacy

May the best team win

So the Deutschland dream is over. Buried in a wave of tiki-taka. Yeah, Spain was much superior to Germany and totally deserved their win, but how boring is it to watch them play? Pass, pass, pass. Then pass, pass, pass again. And again, for 73 minutes until they broke German hearts with a [...]

By |July 9th, 2010|Der Irische Berliner, Football World Cup 2010, General, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on May the best team win

Germany, spain, and the octopus

It was painful and sad for me to see Germany knocked out of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. I had predicted that Germany would lift the coveted trophy this year. I watched the game with some sense of confidence. But with a cagey first half, the game became lively in [...]

By |July 9th, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, General|1 Comment

Tentacle of doom predicts Albiceleste defeat

So-called experts are notorious for getting it wrong. As soon as they open their mouths, a curse is cast on whoever has the misfortune to be spoken about. "Ronaldo's in great form. He'll bring Portugal far." Cue Portugal's exit. "Franck Ribéry will take the competition by storm." Cue France's ignominious exit. "Wayne Rooney [...]

Getting Klose to making history

 “Here’s the man who is on the track to history,” said a commentator of German footballer Miroslav Klose during the Germany-Australia game.  At first I thought he was talking about the World Cup title, but, unsure, I asked a Brazilian fan sitting next to me.  Klose, he explained, is just four goals away [...]

By |July 1st, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, General|7 Comments

Is the United States indifferent to the World Cup?

Every four years the World Cup stops the world in its tracks and every four years the US media has a public debate: Will this be the year the Americans catch football fever? There are certainly many us who have been waiting for this month ever since 2006. Firstly, it's not even football [...]