World Cup Woe

The words “wir sind aus Australien” are usually greeted with interested nodding and bemused expressions. Today they elicited outright laughter. Disinterested as I am in professional sport, it was rather mortifying to witness the complete annihilation of the Socceroos by Germany last night, on German television no less. For each spectacular goal, our apartment complex erupted with horn blasts, whistles and cheering. Stuttgart is awash with German regalia, all of which seems designed to remind any resident Australian of their defeat. This is hard to shrug off, even for even the most unpatriotic expat. In all this there was a little comfort. It was given the briefest coverage possible so I may have just imagined it, but it seems Hewitt beat Federer yesterday. C’mon.

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9 Responses to “World Cup Woe”


  1. 1 Mirjam June 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Hello Alison,

    I was thinking of you and the Leemen’s yesterday night during the soccer match. For us Germans soccer is a thing of national interest and here in Germany there are millions of soccer coaches and goal keepers!!! And the soccer world cup is even more important than the Euro-crisis or the fact that we are without a president at the moment…. But nevertheless, for Germans it is always difficult to sing the German national anthym or to show a Germam flag. This has changed four years ago when the world cup took place here in Germany and we had four fantastic weeks with people all over the world. Everybody was in a good mood then, the team was fantastic, the weather was sunny, the world was just all right and we had big parties on the streets. And now, everybody hopes that this feeling will come back. We have been waiting for this first soccer match for four years now and it was a great match. Please, don’t worry about that and don’t be sad! Especially during the world cup we are all friendly and happy and I think when the German team goes on winning there will be much more parties everywhere around us. So don’t take us too serious during that time, actually we are very handsome and just a little bit out of control…

    • 2 mavisandfrank June 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      Thankyou Mirjam, it was a lighthearted post, so don’t worry! I was actually a little excited to see Germany doing so well, and if they go on to do better I’ll probably buy some German flags and stick them on our car. To me patriotism is a very illogical thing, I might as well be just as proud of Germany as I am of Australia. It is a little heartwarming to see everyone so happy today (even if it is at the expense of the Australians!), even the kids are all out with German soccer shirts on and flags in their hands. Thanks for the reminder.
      Ally

  2. 3 arthurkelly June 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    As you may have read, I am visiting Ally at the moment. Yesterday, the day after Germany kicked our bottoms big time, we visited the charming town of Esslingen, about 20 km from Botnang. The architecture of the place was amazing and we checked out some interesting shops. One was a coffee/tea supplier. I decided to purchase some coffee for Tony (like me, he loves his coffee and there was an ulterior motive!). As Ally and I stood at the counter tentatively discussing buying coffee and her beloved Earl Grey tea, and wondered how we would breach the language barrier, the owner spoke some English. Much relieved, we ordered our wares and engaged in some small talk, identifying ourselves as Aussies. A look of horror appeared on our host’s face and he asked us if we were OK!
    I explained that we were indeed fine and that our nation had grossly overestimated the prowess of our team. I told him that we are basically there just to give the real soccer powers a bit of a training run in preparation for the games ahead. Am I right?

  3. 4 Mirjam June 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Hello dear dad of Alison,

    I think this is what the shop owner wanted to hear… Nevertheless, I think your team did a good job and it was a good match. But I am not an expert. In the end it doesn’t matter which team will be the best. I always hope that these events let people talk to each other and create sympathy for other cultures and nations. Maybe my hope is a bit too naive but nevertheless, soccer creates a good atmosphere in Germany, and that’s not normal as we are usually so serious and busy! I hope you will enjoy it and make more good experiences with German shop owners… haha, this is really funny!!!

    Mirjam

  4. 5 Mirjam June 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hello Alison and Arthur,

    we are back on earth again… PUUUUUH!!!

  5. 7 Mirjam June 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

    And we are, too. This match was quite harder than any oral exam I had to pass at university, and I am not one of those who have plastered their cars with flags… MAybe wqe should all have a beer at a pub together, just to relax and to realize that soccer is just a game. Wait until wednesday, that will be big drama…

  6. 9 Mirjam June 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Ok, see and hear you next week. Have a good time.
    P.S.: Australia did such a good job yesterday. I wish they had reached the finals.


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