My Worry is German Soccer
Everyone knows Germany is a consistent international power. They’re always a contender.
Gary Lineker* once said:
“Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.”
I think that would suit most people just fine.
But you know what, German soccer has historically been disgusting. They have always been robots with no individual or team flavor, just a dedication to stale ruthless efficiency.
That’s something I want no part of! And I will crucify Klinsi if this is what he implements.
Reason to be hopeful
Having said that, I don’t think it will be the case. For starters, he stood out on those German teams as someone with style and personality. As a kid, he was one of my favorite players. The “dive?” he took in the 1990 World Cup final which led to an Argentine being red-carded and all but securing his team’s victory, says something.
And here’s some flavor, emotion, and personality that the incumbent American demographic usually reprimands:
In addition, his 2006 Germany showed signs of creativity, and the 2010 version even more so. Not to mention the youth national teams show flavor uncharacteristic of the older generations. The philosophy has changed, and rightly so. I can now watch the Germans without throwing up!
- Klinsmann, the player.
- Klinsmann the coach.
- The new German philosophy.
- The undeniable influence of the modern game (ahem … Barca … ahem).
I think – well I hope – Klinsi will try building something worth getting excited about.
* [Can’t believe I quoted an English player. That chasing the ball bit certainly fits their philosophy.]