and those pope football hats are a total thing amongst argentina fans! (a bunch of people portrayed this world cup as a battle between the current pope francis, who’s from argentina, and benedict- who’s german.) The USMNT’s coach is Jurgen Klinsmann, a former German player. Not only are most Americans of German descent, but many of the USMNT players are German-Americans (born to German mothers and US servicemen fathers stationed in Germany).
haha i finally doodled some latin americans-Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil- thanks to those people who messaged me with info!
yeah football rivalries are intense hehe. Anyway, in case it’s unclear- the European countries are drawing their battle lines based on language- the Germanic and Latin (Romance) family. English, Dutch, German etc are all Germanic languages. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian are languages with Latin roots. Belgium and Switzerland have bigger majorities that speak Germanic languages, but they have sizeable minorities that speak French, Dutch (Belgium) and also Italian (Switzerland).
And well, the Latin Americans as you know mostly speak a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese in addition to their indigenous languages. But they have very much got their own character :D Football wise, Chile sounds like a sinister mastermind because he’s the one who beat defending champions Spain and booked his ticket to the Round of 16. Costa Rica was considered an underdog at first but just defeated Italy (2006 champions), and Brazil is possibly going to face Netherlands in the second round.
Alright guys, now that the hype of the World Cup has (sort of) died down, I’m going to discuss another important World Cup Final as it relates to German history - it’s known today as the “Miracle of Bern.”
So, picture this: It’s 1954. World Cup is in Switzerland this year. You, by some luck, are a West German citizen. World War II ended nine years ago, and your country is on the slow road to recovery after being hacked into numerous pieces and divided amongst other powers like a Christmas Hannibal special.
Hitler was just so rude.
So. World Cup. West & East Germany were not allowed to play in the 1950 Cup, because Nazis or something. East Germany didn’t participate this year, probably because they couldn’t afford footballs.
So it was up to West.
Somehow, despite the odds, West Germany had made it to the final. Holy shit! Who thought they’d stand a chance against the powerhouse of Hungary?
Their coach did.
See, he had a plan: He had a strong team and he knew it - but Hungary didn’t. He had eight strong players and eleven REALLY strong players. When West Germany had faced off against Hungary in the knockout round, they had gotten crushed 8-3. But mostly because their coach wouldn’t let Hungary see his most powerful players. Despite the painful loss, they had to sit out the entire match.
The Final took place on 4 July in Bern, Switzerland. Hungary had unsurprisignly made it to the final. They had reigned undefeated for a whopping 31 matches prior.
So what happened that day? Well, it was raining like a motherfucker. Everyone knew Hungary would win. How could they not? They had blasted through the World Cup. People hardly even took bets during the match - it was just known who was going to win. Hungary was, statistically, the best team in the world.
So the weather that day was terrible - rainy, windy, chilly, overall terrible - except for someone on the German team. Fritz Walter, a West German midfielder, was known to Hulk out and kick ass in the rain, because the alternative was hot blistery summery weather, and fuck that.
Pictured above: Fritz Walter and a Hungarian player.
After just six minutes, the Hungarian star Ferenc Puskás scored. Again, no big surprise. Two minutes later, Hungary scored again bringing the score to 2-0 before most people in the stadium had even taken their seats.
During the rest of the match, the Germans equalised with 2 more goals, and it remained that way until the end of the match. By the time it was almost over, extra time was being considered, tensions were high, people were frustrated, and then –
With six minutes left, Helmet Rahn scored West Germany’s third goal. Holy shit!
No big deal, four minutes later Puskás scored a third goal as well for Hungary.
…Well, he would have, but the referee ruled it offside.
Minutes later, the match ended with 3-2 with West Germany as victor. Nobody saw it coming, not even most of West Germany, who were happy to just be in the finals their first year playing in so long. To say the least, it was a pleasant surprise.
West Germany, 1954. Confetti included.
Even today, the 1954 victory is known as the turning point in post-war German history. It lifted the people from their suffering after World War II, with the knowledge that they had risen so quickly to become a global force in sports.
It was the first time the German national Anthem had been played at a global sporting event, and people could actually, for the first time in a long time, be proud of their nation and of themselves.
ah Argentina vs Brazil, a football rivalry so intense and legendary it has an entire wikipedia page to itself :D
while i’m sure not ALL Brazilians are against Argentina winning and some may instead be more for continental solidarity to prevent Europe from winning the World Cup in the Americas for the first time, this IS a thing! What’s interesting is how although they’re kind of competitors to be the leading South American power, it’s more of a friendly rivalry when it comes to economic and foreign policy relations. but football seems to be one area where the rivalry is still super intense.
and poor Alfred- he’s not as knowledgeable about association football even though he’s very interested in it now. and he trusted Mexico lol- and also because he’d heard how in the group stages, most of the Latin American countries had supported one another :P