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Germany Thrash England In Ultimate Revenge Match

Thomas Muller Celebrates With Teammates After Sending England Crashing Out Of The World Cup.

Karma was on Germany’s side this afternoon as Die Mannschaft dismantled an unorganized England side 4-1. Goals from the returning Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski, and two from wonderkid Thomas Mueller were enough to batter the old enemy and send them packing.

In hindsight, Franz Beckenbauer’s criticism of England appears to be correct. ‘The Kaiser,’ as he is affectionately known, said that England had ‘digressed under Capello’ and that they had reverted to ‘kick and rush football.’ Certainly, that was all on display from the Three Lions today.

The one bit of controversy of the match was a disallowed goal by Frank Lampard while the score was still at 2-. A shot from outside the box from the midfield playmaker cannoned down off the crossbar and clearly seemed to cross the line. It is so ironic that 44 years ago, it was Geoff Hurst whose goal was allowed from the exact same situation, and saw England controversially win the World Cup final against West Germany that year.

Now, luck was on the Germans’ side. A counter-attacking brand of football from the Germans allowed them to quickly break into space behind England’s attacking full-backs, and expose John Terry and Matthew Upson with exciting pace from the German frontmen.

This Germany side has exceeded many of the expectations that were placed on them by the German media and the German public at the start of the tournament. The Nationalelf, which is filled with so many young players, a team that carries so much potential for the future, is already playing like a side full of veterans and world-beaters.

20-year old Thomas Mueller is my man of the match. The Bayern Munich man scored twice to cap off two excellent counter-attacks, and also laid on another. The prospect of Thomas Mueller, and other young stars in this side like Mesut Ozil, Marko Marin, Sami Khedira, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, and Toni Kroos seems to signal that a new golden age in German football is imminent. Just as the generation of Michael Ballack, Miroslav Klose and Jens Lehmann is coming to an end, in steps an entirely new, and entirely capable generation of young German superstars.

While Germany will still be up against it in the next round against Argentina, their achievements thus far have already been outstanding. This Germany side, even if they are knocked out next round, can exit this competition with their heads held high. Though, beating Argentina in the next round would surely book Joachim Loew another four years in the job.

England will return home under intense scrutiny by both the English media and the English public after first failing to win their group, and now for being beaten in the round of 16 by the old enemy, Germany.

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  1. obed

    July 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I don’t believe in Karma even though i’m part India. In this game .. Its simple.. Germany were better than England! Yes there were things which were controversial but eventually Germany came out the better side. This will do the young team good I believe for now and for the future so I am excited about this fact and things to come! The previous World Cup they did not have the likes of özil, müller and boateng but I think for the first time the Germans have a more fighting temperament and self-belief which will really effect the team spirit.

  2. Poldi

    June 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

    So what do you think of England’s performance? I didn’t really follow them through the previous games, but expected a much better side based on the Qualifying and the CL performances. I even think that Germany has some room for improvement; Lahm was mediocre, just like Podolski and Khedira.
    So what happened to England, bad tactics, player selection or what?

    • dylan thomas

      June 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

      Well I didn’t think England were very good at all. They hadn’t had a good game all tournament, and while I never expected them to get beaten like this, I didn’t see them getting past Germany either.
      England pressed hard almost all game and played a high line. This was really their most costly mistake. A back line of Glen Johnson, John Terry, Matthew Upson and Ashley Cole means when England are pressing, only Terry and Upson will be back there holding defensive positions. Everytime Germany counter-attacked, they exposed them both for pace. I don’t think England would have won even if it was 2-2 at halftime.
      Now, when you bring on Emile Heskey because you’re looking for goals, that’s a mistake. Rooney should have been benched because he’s been that poor. Lampard and Gerrard don’t seem to be able to play together, so while it’d be shocking to some people, I think you can only play one of them at a time. Fortunately for England, none of the aforementioned players will be there in four years, maybe besides Glen Johnson.
      All that, and they don’t have a goalkeeper. Robert Green plays for West Ham who leaked goals, David James plays for Portsmouth who finished bottom of the league, and Joe Hart plays for Birmingham who did surprisingly well, but he wasn’t given a chance to play.
      Capello, it seems, played England very rigidly and didn’t allow a lot of creative freedom from his players. On their club teams, the English players are superstars. Bring them together, and they fall apart.

  3. Rakhi

    June 28, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Thank you for your article .England were undone before the half by a referee’s blunder that makes goal line technology ,Miroslav Klose leads all players at this World Cup in career goals scored in the tournament. , hope you will continuo your informative post.

  4. Eious

    June 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    England’s D was an absolute joke. I expected better than them

  5. momo

    June 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm


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