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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:34 am

Lukas Podolski dedicates Germany’s win to Michael Schumacher

• Arsenal forward: 4-0 victory over Portugal was for F1 legend
• ‘He’s doing well and he’s getting better. It’s really good news’
• Schumacher discharged from hospital in Grenoble on Monday

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jun/16/lukas-podolski-michael-schumacher-germany-portugal

Schumacher waking up from coma was really good news yesterday. Good way to celebrate that with the win. Worthy of the record 100th WC match, too.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:00 pm

Kicker ratings (1 = best, 6 = worst):

Neuer (2) - J. Boateng (2), Mertesacker (3), Hummels (1,5), Höwedes (3), Lahm (3), Khedira (3), T. Kroos (2), Özil (3), M. Götze (2), T. Müller (1)  

http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/wm/spiele/weltmeisterschaft/2014/1/1417855/spielanalyse_deutschland_portugal.html              


Kinda agree. Kroos would have deserved 1,5 and Özil 2,5. Neuer didn't have a lot to do, 3 would suffice.
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Post by Antarion on Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:21 am

http://www.focus.de/sport/fussball/wm-2014/deutsches-team/brasilien-gegen-mexiko-weinen-bei-der-hymne-wird-es-bei-deutschland-nie-geben_id_3928727.html

"Wird Deutschland bei dieser Weltmeisterschaft tatsächlich Weltmeister, steckt das Land danach vermutlich in einer zweiwöchigen schwarzrotgoldenen Dauerorgie fest. Geht es aber wieder schief, steht der Grund schon fest: Weil Mesut Özilund Sami Khedira die deutsche Hymne nicht gesungen haben vor ihren Spielen. Im Ernst. Es gibt Leute, die so argumentieren."

really? Whistle  Smile



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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:20 am

Excellent in-depth tactical analysis of the Portugal match by spielverlagerung.de, as always.

http://spielverlagerung.de/2014/06/17/deutschland-portugal-40/

Unfortunately, German only. Quite a few other matches have been analysed there for those interested (and able to speak the language).
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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:14 pm

Löw had planned to replace (the still not fully fit) Khedira with Schweinsteiger in the second half of the Portugal match, but Hummels' injury prevented that from happening.

Hummels will likely miss the Ghana match (hope he'll be back later), Boateng has a minor injury of his hand.
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Post by Allez les rouges on Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:39 pm

So much to say... but for the moment, would Boateng definitely move over and Großkreutz come in – rather than Durm coming in and Höwedes move into the middle? Could be preferable...
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:00 pm

Not sure about Großkreutz. Would rather expect Mustafi to play as fullback, Boateng moving to the centre, like in the Portugal match. I think playing four centre backs is intentional.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:03 pm

Knowing that we traditionally tend to fuck up the second group match in tournaments, I'm sceptical about tomorrow. Ghana are not just extra motivated (they have to win), they're very physical, too. We hopefully don't have any more injured players after tomorrow. Hummels will likely miss the match, but it's more important to have him fit for the upcoming tasks, so that's ok.
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Post by Ä on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:56 pm

what the fuck happened to Mehmet Scholl ?

his commentary is so toothless, it hurts

"should Schweini or Lahm play in central midfield ?" "that's not for us to say, Löw will find the answer"

"should Klose start ?" " he is very important for the squad and will still play an important role, I am looking forward to Löw's decision"

Doh

Kahn is not much better

pathetic really

and we all have to pay those clowns from the ZDF/ARD

Yikes
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Post by Effenberg on Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:39 pm

Any chance Loew will move Lahm back to RB when needed? Loew's lack of flexibility will probably cost us again.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:03 am

It was a real pain in the arse to watch the USA - Germany match here on Tenerife. The problem is that the Spanish have basically lost all interest in the WC after the meltdown of their team. Spanish national TV only showed the Portugal - Ghana match, probably because of Crynaldo. The Germany match was only shown on Pay TV and there are not that many bars showing that, I can tell you.

Whatever, somehow managed to watch it and was pretty pleased with the performance. A professional, controlled match by us, keeping the yanks firmly in check, not allowing them any chances, more or less, while creating a few ourselves. But, the final ball was lacking often, unfortunately. We need to improve the precision of the final ball.

Schweinsteiger as a replacement of Khedira was a clear improvement. Always wanted him to start instead, as written numerous times. We gained additional control and stability in midfield with him playing, he was the best player on the pitch. A Lahm - Schweinsteiger -  Kroos central midfield is as good as any when it clicks (still not there yet), them all playing for Bayern clearly helps. If we can make it work in the coming matches, it could give us the edge, as there simply is no team left in the tournament able to dominate possession and control matches like them. The Ghana match totally lacked this kind of control, it was not smart in any way, and Khedira was one of the main reasons for it.

That's why I want Lahm to remain in central midfield. Lahm hasn't hit top form yet, that's for certain, this was particularly obvious in the Ghana match, which was tough as expected. But a three man midfield is essential when it comes to stabilising the centre against counter attacks. And both Kroos and Schweini play best if they have someone covering them. Plus, Boateng is actually having a good tournament as RB, surprisingly good going forward, too.

The problem is on the other flank. Höwedes has been a weak spot in the last two matches, clearly inferior to his team mates. He simply is no fullback, especially no LB, a position he never plays for his club. Not having "risked" playing Durm in the tournament so far has been Löw's biggest mistake yet. He really needs to be given a chance, as written a hundred times, knowing that Mustafi isn't the answer either after being responsible for that goal Ghana scored. Algeria are a good team, but they are the last chance to experiment, as the teams waiting after that are of a different calibre.

Algeria will be difficult to break down, but if we have another "professional" performance, we should win. Plus, they are the perfect "preparation" for France, knowing that most of their team was born in France and went through the French football education. I'll try to catch the match again, of course. Good luck, good bye and see you soon.  <Ale> 
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Post by blutgraetsche on Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:47 pm

This was the worst fucking game I've seen by us in ten years. No exaggeration. Just fucking awful, especially in the first half. How can you fuck up the confidence and strategic abilities of such experienced players with such idiotic lineups is truly beyond me. I'm beyond words how fed up I am with Löw. He not only got it completely wrong, he was once again bailed out by the individual class of his players. Against a limited opponent that is. They may have been well organised, but we made them look like world beaters. Shit passing, shit movement, shit organisation, players playing like shit as a consequence with the sole exception of Neuer, a giant amongst men.

We will get slaughtered by France. Players can't win in spite of Löw against quality teams, just won't happen in modern football. 120 fucking minutes against Algeria for God's sake. France will have a field day, as so much idiocy will be punished for sure.

P.S.: Hummels getting fit is so damn important it's not funny. No Boateng in central defence, and no fucking Mustafi. Injury was a blessing in dusguise, otherwise the idiot would have never gotten it. He lets a half fit Schweinsteiger play for 110 minutes before he gets subbed - how fucking incompetent can you get, seriously, just how?
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Post by Effenberg on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:14 am

<Ale> 
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Post by Fey on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:26 am

Should have gone to a bitterballenbar then! Every spanish isla has one. I think you are being harsh on your beloved national 11.

They had more shot on target then anyone so far this WC. Just poor finishing, Neuer at the back was decent. I agree with Boateng and who the fuck is Mustafi anyway.

Anyway, Germany might not win afterall, but the most important moment for German football has already happened, when HSV stayed up.

Just be glad you dont have to care about Algeria anymore Very Happy
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Post by Antarion on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:06 am

Top 8 again, like every world cup since 1954.

Stats  Bubbly At least something to celebrate after this night. And good job Algeria nonetheless.



Fey, a few weeks ago I was in Roemond shopping and then ate my first Bitterballen in the city. great stuff  <Ale>
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Post by Antarion on Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:13 am

71 percent of earth's surface are covered with water. The rest is covered by Manuel Neuer.

Best white African keeper of all time.  <Ale> 
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Post by Axeslammer on Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:15 am

Antarion wrote:71 percent of earth's surface are covered with water. The rest is covered by Manuel Neuer.

Best white African keeper of all time.  <Ale> 

He was probably taking a swim at the time the Algerians scored Ale
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Post by Antarion on Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:49 am

Axeslammer wrote:
Antarion wrote:71 percent of earth's surface are covered with water. The rest is covered by Manuel Neuer.

Best white African keeper of all time.  <Ale> 

He was probably taking a swim at the time the Algerians scored Ale

At least he wasn't diving like other persons.  <Ale> 
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Post by debaser on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:54 pm

Neuer is a brilliant keeper, but I can't wait for him to get caught out from distance one time. he did get lucky a couple of times when hurried clearances/tackles fell kindly to defenders rather than attackers - one time one of them will drop right in the path of someone who is capable of hitting it into an empty goal from 50 yards. Cabaye perhaps..
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Post by Axeslammer on Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:09 pm

Neuer's interceptions "beyond the box" were so great and awesome, it made me jealous.

Really : they were *awesome* ! ok

Problem is, I still don't rate him as a stable "normal situations" keeper and the Algerian goal doesn't speak for him IMO.

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Post by Antarion on Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:18 pm

Maybe i dont remember it correctly, but I didn't see a big fault on his side. There was no lahm covering the scorer though.
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Post by Fey on Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:59 pm

Antarion wrote:Top 8 again, like every world cup since 1954.

Stats  Bubbly At least something to celebrate after this night. And good job Algeria nonetheless.



Fey, a few weeks ago I was in Roemond shopping and then ate my first Bitterballen in the city. great stuff  <Ale>

Shits on crepes with nutella and Frikadeller doesnt it?

WTF are you going to Roermond for shopping though Laughing

No wonder you lot think shite of us if all the Dutch you see are either from Limburg or other borderdwellers.
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Post by Antarion on Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:09 pm

Fey wrote:
Antarion wrote:Top 8 again, like every world cup since 1954.

Stats  Bubbly At least something to celebrate after this night. And good job Algeria nonetheless.



Fey, a few weeks ago I was in Roemond shopping and then ate my first Bitterballen in the city. great stuff  <Ale>

Shits on crepes with nutella and Frikadeller doesnt it?

WTF are you going to Roermond for shopping though Laughing

No wonder you lot think shite of us if all the Dutch you see are either from Limburg or other borderdwellers.

I'm always careful if I eat Nutella because of the curse. But Crepe is OK though. Only thing that comes close is Langos, which is great.  <Ale> to all hungarians.

Roermond...well, like I mentioned somewhere i'm often in Mönchengladbach and some friends took me to the outlet center. Also visited a nice Holland Casino. In fact, i invaded your borders several times, even with the bike.


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Post by Formerly known as sheva7 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:45 am

Apparently Low will keep Lahm in the midfield  Rolling Eyes 
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Post by Antarion on Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:13 am

Löw just said that 7 players are slightly ill (flu) same as Hummels who couldn't play on monday.

Hope they will be alright tomorrow or we can change our votes to France again  Smile 
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:12 pm

If, and that's a big IF, a gigantic IF, we are going to win anything this year, it's because of geniuses like him:

http://www.spox.com/de/sport/fussball/dfb-team/1407/Artikel/interview-thomas-mueller-vor-wm-viertelfinale-gegen-frankreich-kritik-deutschland-besser-als-2010.html
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:50 pm

Criticism in Germany is through the roof after the crappy Algeria match, particularly in the first half. Should Germany get knocked out by France, pressure on the DFB to sack Löw is going to be immense, as he basically does not seem to have any supporters left in the German media.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:52 pm

Under-fire Ozil and Gotze must deliver

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Thirty years ago, when Joachim Löw's deep black mop came with an equally deep black mustache, the striker was on target so often that he turned out to be SC Freiburg's all-time record goal-scorer, with 81 goals in the second division.

The Germany manager has always remained a striker at heart. But in the last couple of days, he's been doing an awful lot of defending.

The inept performance of his team against Algeria in Porto Alegre, especially in the first half, have put the 54-year-old on the back-foot, having to plead the case for his tactics (why four center backs?), his deployment of Phillip Lahm (why in central midfield?) and his persistence with Mesut Özil.

"Why is (he) still a regular starter, Herr Löw," Hamburger Abendblatt asked on Wednesday. Löw shot back in an interview with the Die Zeit newspaper with a rhetorical question of his own.

"Do you want me to be disappointed that we've advanced [to the quarterfinal]," he asked. "You can't always play fantastically well at a World Cup."

That might be true but many of his fellow countrymen couldn't help but to be in a genuine state of shock due to the extent of his side's problems on Monday night.

Some coaches have had less explaining to do after World Cup elimination than Löw after the 2-1 win in the second round. But that goes with the territory. Expectations have built up after four tournaments with near misses.

Özil, the Arsenal playmaker, was by no means the worst performer in a team that had played without balance and confidence. That unwanted accolade went to Mario Götze (Bayern Munich).

The 22-year-old was so poor before his substitution at the end of the first half that none of the waiting reporters in the Estadio Beira-Porto mixed zone felt moved to ask him any questions. They effectively treated him like an unused sub, and why not? His impact had been comparable. Özil, by contrast, was on the pitch for 120 minutes and he had at least one telling moment, scoring Germany's second goal from an acute angle in the dying seconds. His stats (60 passes completed, top speed of 30 km/h, 11 km distance covered) were all perfectly adequate as well.

Non-Germans might find the extent of the criticism that has been directed at the 25-year-old puzzling but it's worth remembering that he, like his team, are judged not solely on their actual performances but on their potential. Both have fallen rather short in that respect, and the reaction hasn't really been anger as much as concern: Germany and Özil - Özil's Germany - will have to do a lot better if they want to win the World Cup.

Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung described Özil and Götze as the "invisible duo" of this tournament.

"A Götze who isn't there and a Özil, who is there at the beginning and then goes missing for while -- presumably to run some errands -- and then comes back only at the end. That won't be enough," the publication added.

Die Welt, too, sarcastically called them "virtual stars", in reference to their millions of followers on social media and the increasing gap between world wide recognition and actual world class showings on the pitch.

Gotze, tellingly, didn't receive any backing from Löw. He has likely lost his place for the France tie to goal-scorer André Schürrle. The Chelsea forward isn't as gifted but injects some much needed pace and willingness to attack the goal.

Özil, however, still has the manager's trust. "I find the criticism of him incomprehensible," said Löw. He conceded that Özil "could play better after a difficult season (with Arsenal)" and was "not in top form," but insisted that the former Werder Bremen player could "influence and decide matches with one single move."

Özil had been "the outstanding player of the tournament in 2010 and 2012," Löw added. "I can't simply forget that! I have great confidence in my players, even when things don't go according to plan."

The Germany manager hasn't got much choice but to stick with him. Götze has been a disappointment but Julian Draxler (Schalke) is deemed not quite ready at this level and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus -- the player who would have put the most pressure of Özil's position in the starting lineup -- never made it to Brazil due to injury.

There's also a mitigating factor. The Gunners' playmaker doesn't naturally fit into Löw's 4-3-3 with three interchangeable forwards. Özil often finds himself on the right, in front of a full-back (Shkodran Mustafi or Jérome Boateng) who doesn't offer any meaningful support by way of overlaps.

Löw sympathizes with that predicament -- it's the coach's doing, after all -- but the wider German public are less forgiving.

They're unnerved by Özil's lax body language and recall that technical players have often been asked to play in unfamiliar roles in trophy-winning Germany teams.

"I know I can't be annoyed when I lose the ball," the midfielder acknowledged in an interview before the Algeria game. "I can't stand still and get angry, I have to get back and show: I'm here."

That sort of presence on the pitch, an intangible quality that cannot be measured in numbers and doesn't always translate well to the TV screen, is urgently needed.

Germany, the opening game against Portugal apart, haven't fully been there in the matches in Brazil so far, and their opponents have been allowed to thrive as a consequence. France, unlike Ghana and Algeria, will punish Löw's team if they don't manage to exert themselves more forcefully, and more consistently.

For that, they need Özil to take control. It's also in the player's personal interest to fulfill his considerable potential. Löw is unlikely to be around to defend him if Germany crash out after another game if he remains a technically tidy but uninvolved also-ran "star."

http://www.espnfc.com/team/germany/481/blog/post/1929775/under-fire-ozil-and-gotze-must-deliver
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:08 pm

Germany face another ghost of '82

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It seems that whenever you look ahead to a Germany game at this World Cup, you have to look back to 1982, a tournament that produced quite a lot of nicknames in German football lore.

We have already touched on the game between West Germany and Algeria in 1982 and the ensuing "Shame of Gijon." Now we must discuss the "Night of Seville" -- also known as the "Thriller in Seville," because Germans pronounce the city's name in a way that makes it rhyme.

The expression refers to the dramatic semifinal between West Germany and France at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, a match recently voted the second-greatest World Cup game of all time by FourFourTwo magazine.

It's a most peculiar fact that Germany and France often play each other but hardly ever with anything at stake. The 1982 match was the 15th game between the two sides but only the second during a tournament.

The teams had been scheduled to meet during the qualifiers for the 1934 World Cup. However, after both had beaten Luxembourg to go through, it was agreed that the meaningless game between France and Germany would be called off, not least because of the tense political situation.

So it wasn't until 1958 that the neighbours met at a World Cup, in the match for third place. West Germany fielded what amounted to a reserve team, as Erich Juskowiak was suspended while Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler and first-choice goalkeeper Fritz Herkenrath felt the physical effects of a rough-and-tumble semifinal with host Sweden.

Still, the makeshift team started well. Alfred Kelbassa scored after six minutes, but the goal was chalked off for a foul on French goalkeeper Claude Abbes. Just Fontaine brought France ahead after an elegant combination only for Hans Ciesclarczyk to equalise following a one-two with Hans Sturm.

The deciding moment came after a half hour, when Fontaine raced toward the German goal and Herbert Erhardt tried a desperate last-gasp tackle. Erhardt made contact with the ball first, but this was hard to see for the referee. France were wrongly awarded a penalty, and after Raymond Kopa had converted, West Germany fell apart. France won 6-3, and Fontaine scored four and lifted the Golden Boot by a landslide.

During the next quarter of a century, there were more friendlies between the sides (seven, to be precise), but they didn't meet again at a World Cup or the European Championship, not even at the qualifying stages.

Until the Night of Seville.

Considering the Germans' conspicuous progression through the 1982 tournament, it shouldn't come as a surprise that France went into the game as the popular favourite. This was the marvellous team with Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and the whirlwinds Didier Six and Dominique Rocheteau that would soon be crowned champions of Europe.

But six days before the game, the German team had suddenly come alive to beat host Spain 2-1. As Kicker magazine put it: "The crowd was astonished, Spain was astonished, the world of football was astonished. Was this really the German team we had seen so far? Suddenly there was the will to win."

It was a nice twist of fate that the win against Spain wouldn't have been enough to get West Germany into the semis if the already-eliminated Spanish had lost their final group game against England by two goals. Suddenly the Germans found themselves in a situation similar to the one Algeria had been in 10 days earlier. All they could do was watch and hope that Spain would be so sporting as to give their all. They did, drawing with England to send West Germany to Seville.

The night that would last longer than anyone could have imagined began with chances at either end, although the Germans initially looked more dangerous. Pierre Littbarski hit the crossbar from a free kick after a quarter hour. Two minutes later, he had more luck, putting away a rebound after France goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori had blocked a Klaus Fischer attempt. Midway through the first half, Bernd Foerster brought down Rocheteau in the box and Platini equalised from the spot.

It was a lively, thrilling game before the break, and it didn't let up after the restart. France had the upper hand, even though coach Michel Hidalgo replaced offensive midfielder Bernard Genghini with Saint-Etienne defender Patrick Battiston. The switch must have confused the Germans, because when Platini played a great through ball into the path of Battiston only seven minutes later, the sub was unmarked and clear through to goal.

Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher left his line and raced toward the edge of the penalty area to get to the pass before Battiston would. He had no chance, yet he never broke stride. The Frenchman spotted an empty goal behind Schumacher and tried to knock the ball in with his left foot. He never saw that the ball went wide. The instant it left his foot, Schumacher crashed into him with full force, knocking him out immediately.

It has become one of the most notorious moments in World Cup history, not least because Schumacher appeared entirely unmoved. While the French players were deeply worried about their seemingly lifeless teammate and Dutch referee Charles Corver signalled for a stretcher, a disinterested Schumacher stood near the post, waiting to take the goal kick.

The foul has become part of our collective football memory because we have seen it so often. In real time, things looked no less serious but a lot less sinister. The German television commentator spoke of a "bad incident, this clash" and added that "Schumacher had to risk everything. These things can happen in a game when both sides go flat out." One of the match reports in the next day's issue of Kicker referred to the clash merely as "an unfortunate collision."

I think neither the reporter nor the writer was trying to downplay a serious misconduct. Football was a much rougher game in the 1980s, and there had been numerous bad moments at this World Cup -- Italy's Claudio Gentile fouling Diego Maradona 23 times, for example.

It was only after you saw the replays a few times that you truly realised how ruthlessly Schumacher had knocked down Battiston. In the issue of Kicker that called the foul "an unfortunate collision," another account of the match said, "Schumacher brutally jumped at Battiston." This second writer had probably seen some footage before typing his report.

For most journalists covering the game, there would be little time to do this, though, as there was a lot of football still to come. In the final minute of regulation, Manuel Amoros hit the bar with a thundering strike from distance and the game went to extra time.

In the 92nd minute, France won a free kick near the edge of the box. The German defence inexplicably left Marius Tresor unmarked near the penalty spot, and he scored with a fine volley. Six minutes later, Giresse made it 3-1.

The game should have been over, save for two details. One was that at this point the Germans had turned coming back from two goals down into an art form -- think of the 1954 and 1970 World Cups or the 1976 European championship.

The other detail was that national coach Jupp Derwall had an ace up his sleeve. He had benched one of his best offensive players, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, for this game because the Bayern forward was not fully fit. Now, with 97 minutes gone, he sent him onto the pitch. The French, meanwhile, had already used up the two outfield substitutions they were allowed under the old rules.

Six minutes after coming on, Rummenigge instigated an attack in midfield. He passed the ball to Uli Stielike and ran into the box. Stielike set up Littbarski on the left wing, and his cross was acrobatically pushed across the line by Rummenigge, who scored with his back to the target.

An even finer goal tied the game on 108 minutes. Again Littbarski crossed from the left. Horst Hrubesch rose at the far post and headed the ball back to Klaus Fischer, who equalised with a stunning bicycle kick.

And so the Night of Seville saw the first-ever World Cup game that had to be decided by a penalty shootout. It's worth noting that the Germans hadn't yet acquired a reputation for being masters at this particular art. In fact, they had lost the one shootout they'd been involved in so far (the 1976 European championship final), and when Stielike missed Germany's third penalty, it seemed as if this one would end in defeat too.

But 84 minutes after his dreadful and unpunished foul on Battiston, Schumacher turned the game. He saved from Six and then wiggled his finger at the still distraught Stielike, who hadn't been watching the penalty, as if to say "don't worry." Then, 20 minutes before midnight, Schumacher also denied Maxime Bossis. Hrubesch scored with the final shot of an already long night to book a place in the final for West Germany.

The night wasn't over, though. As the mentally drained German players were sitting in their dressing room, too tired to properly celebrate, Derwall told them to hurry up. They had to get to the airport to take a 1:20 a.m. flight to Madrid. The players dragged themselves off the benches and into the showers then changed into street clothes and drove to the airport -- where they were told their flight would be 30 minutes late.

At 2:45 a.m., the Germans were still waiting in the lounge. That's when they learned that the airplane that was supposed to take them from Seville to Madrid was still, for unknown reasons, in Madrid. Stielike, who was playing for Real Madrid at the time, took matters into his own hands and began to debate with the airport personnel in Spanish. Two hours after their scheduled departure, the West Germans finally left Seville in a substitute plane. It was a night none of them would ever forget.

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