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Who is floating my boat? Gomez or Klose

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Well, the headline of this article is somewhat misleading. I think. The reason for this somewhat silly title is the fact that I am sitting on a ferry which at this very moment is taking me from Hirtshals, Denmark, to beautiful Kristiansand in Norway.

And yes, sitting here in the restaurant of this ferry, I can observe human kind unfold themselves from their greedy side. Literally. The fat bloke two tables is so found of salmon, I’d be staggered if there were any fish left in the sea after we have docked. The lady I just met at the buffet had given up on wiping her face all together in pursuit of stuffing the maximum amount of food into herself as quickly as humanly possible. Hygiene is for the weak minded, those poor bastards who society has manipulated into think that getting your money’s worth at the buffet is in-polite, and disturbing for those who surround you. The kid in front of me is just putting a shrimp up his nose, to the delight of his Danish parents. A group of young men are getting their money’s worth by drinking as much beer as they humanly can. Good grievance to the man who has to drive them home… Read the rest of this entry

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Yet, another detour through history

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The match between Germany and Italy is just moments away. Yesterday we looked at the history between those two sides. Let’s take another detour through history and look at the historic moments each of them have produced on their own.

The memories of football fans is very selective. I certainly do remember my favorite team’s(Werder Bremen, if you must know) win of the double in 2004 very vividly. Other things, like last weekend’s awful performance, they are just

The German national getting ready for an away match against Italy in 1929. Germany won this match 2-1. (Source: Bundesarchiv)

lingering at the back of my mind. Resting, still there, as a stored memory, but never coming to the forefront of my mind. They elude me. Italian victories are in that category, so are German defeats. When Germany and Italy are going up against each other, I am always supporting my Germans. However, I gave myself the task of retrieving some of these memories that have eluded me, and I put together this little selection. I have chosen five historic moments produced by each of these sides, and they include memories I wish I didn’t have and sheer moments of joy, glory and the memory of the feeling you felt at that very moment. I have put them together in a mix that will hopefully delight you, dear reader! Read the rest of this entry

Germany vs. Italy, a couple of pointers

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Tomorrow it is once again time for the clash of the titans of European football. Between them Germany and Italy have seven World Cup wins, and four European Cup wins. Let’s rehash some of the greatest moments from previous encounters, and break down the stats between the two sides.

Germany’s boogie man has always been Italy. “Die Nationalmannschaft” has never won a match against Italy in a European Cup or World Cup setting. Read the rest of this entry