Guten morgen, Fußball fans.
Every four years, the world (save America) grinds to a halt and all eyes are focused on the FIFA World Cup. This Contrarian correspondent is certainly no exception. As my output for this esteemed volume has noticeably fallen off, my fandom, in turn, has grown exponentially.
This afternoon, at 16h German time, the Nationalelf, or National Football team, faces Argentina in the quarter-finals of the competition. To say that the nation is holding its collective breath would be an understatement.
Blogger and football correspondent for the Guardian (and full disclosure: one of my closest friends) Stephen Glennon wrote this great piece for the Spiegelonline about how the team represents the current, multi-ethnic nature of the Bundesrepublik and what its play means to the nation as a whole.
Auf geht’s Deutschland! (Let’s go Germany)