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In One Word, Depression: England 1-4 Germany

 In One Word, Depression: England 1 4 Germany

Devastated. Demoralized. Disgusted. Disillusioned. Can we get one more D? How about depression. This is a dark day in the history of the World Cup. And in the history of soccer. Yes, it’s that dark.

It’s hard to write the emotions I feel right now. I’m a citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. So while yesterday’s win was disappointing, it was a fair result at the end of the day. Ghana outplayed the United States and deserved team go through.

But with England today, it was a different story. This was a team that deserved to be one all drawn at halftime, but it was cheated of a goal of massive proportions that is going to make soccer look like a joke and that is going to only infuriate fans against FIFA. In this day and age, how is a company like FIFA still in business? How many mistakes must we let them make? How many more near-tragedy riots are we going to see from their complete and utter incompetence.

Due to FIFA’s incompetence, a man will be sacked or will resign. Fabio Capello does not need to be cheated by FIFA when his job is on the line.

Before some of my readers complain against me being out of my mind saying that England could win this game, please understand that Germany played an absolutely outstanding game today. This was one of the best German performances I’ve seen in years. Simply incredible.

BUT, I guarantee you that England if they had gone in at halftime in this game would have gone on to win the game. England is that type of team. That type of country. That style of play.

Germany gained a massive advantage in that disallowed goal. There is no doubt.

Having said that, England was not nearly their best today but at the same time they put in their best performance of the tournament. They were nowhere near perfect and made plenty of comical defensive errors. David James should have saved a goal. Peter Crouch should have played. Joe Cole was brought on too late. Gareth Barry is absolutely terrible and should have never let the German attacker forward. The list goes on and on.

But at the end of the day I feel cheated. I feel that, despite an incredible German performance, England deserved a goal and deserved a chance to see if that would make a difference. Thanks to FIFA, they were not given that chance. And that is just a crying shame. Seriously. Honestly.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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