Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Germans are coming!

Call it the German precision. Thank it for letting Maradona keep his clothes on! The clinical demolition of the England superstars (soon after treating the Aussies) was a precursor. Truly, as Andy Johnson's world war II novel about the invincible German war machine said, the Germans are coming. And today it's Maradona's Argentina's turn. Just like their Engish star cousins, Argentines dominated the ball possession, tried showing their wares in true Latin American flair - the artistic game, but the Germans persisted and when they got the ball made the most, in a flash gave a top-flight finish doing excellent passes. The Germans played like a team. The coordination is flawless. The losers played their individual games.They looked like the IPL stars in Indian cricket team! When they attacked, they looked like gatecrashers getting shooed out. When Germans attacked, it was blitzkrieg. The passes were sharp, the players composed. The opposition gasped. It was beauty. They all looked like surgeons!

The German team, with an average age of 25 is spirited and plays real team game. The team reminds us of the 1998's multicultural French team. At least 8 in the squad are said to be of immigrant origin including a Turkish origin Mesut Oezil and polish origin Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose. Obviously this requires the team to be far more disciplined to handle itself on and off the field. And the team seems to have delivered. And how! The incredible finishes at the goal-post, got to catch them again..

Image courtesy: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach