June 13, 2010

Germany 4, Australia 0: Don't know if this means anything, but of the four goalscorers for Germany, three were born and raised in other countries. European teams are looking more and more like the US national soccer team used to look: foreign mercenaries who wear the national colors largely because it's where they started playing club soccer.

As far as the game is concerned, the Germans scored early, and coasted, while the Socceroos showed little sign it's going anywhere this time around, especially after its best player, Tim Cahill, got red-carded, which will keep him out of the remaining first round games. Germany often plays its best game in the opener, as it did in 1958, 1966, 1990, and 2002, and any signs that it has faded were not apparent today.

1 comment:

Kai said...

I was worried you might be more scathing towards the hapless Aussies, but... you weren't. Still, a humiliating score, no doubt about it. The only other team so far to score more than one goal in a game has been South Korea against Greece, and the Germans doubled that effort.