“Wenn jeder ein bisschen weniger leistet, dann reicht das nicht mehr aus.”

“When each person does a little bit less, it’s no longer enough.” One attempt to explain how Germany could be beating Sweden 4-0 after 60 minutes on 16 Oct 2012, and yet the match could end in a tie. That WC qualification match was the first time the German national soccer team ever wasted a four-goal lead. (Four elegant goals.)

Swedish headlines the next day included the epic “DANKE! DANKE! DANKE! DANKE!”

(Venn   yay der   eye n   bissell   venniger   lye stett,   don   rye kt   doss   nicked   mare   ow! ss.)

Capitano

The wonderful Michael Ballack is ending his career as a soccer player. For years he stitched the German national team together, always managing to be where he was needed at both ends of the field. The crucial pass, the defensive assist. He was amazing. The most impressive player. I’m just waiting and biding my time until he becomes the national trainer.

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