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Go … Germany?

They take on Spain for the final Finals spot

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Germany celebrating victory over Argentina in the quarter-finals.(John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

As we hoped, the Netherlands took care of Uruguay yesterday, 3-2 (with the help of one of the most sensational goals you will ever see). Today at 2:30 E.S.T.: Germany v. Spain.


In Israel, they’re having no trouble hoping that Germany ends up, well, uber alles. “Israelis support Germany,” the AP reports,

for the same reason fans around the world do: They are one of the competition’s strongest teams, with beautiful footwork, aggressive strikers and a no-nonsense defense.

The passing of time and Germany’s consistent public contrition for the Holocaust has softened many Israelis. And Germany’s strong political support for Israel at a time when the country feels like the target of international hostility makes their soccer team more endearing.

Adds Howard Wolfson, who asks “Is It Okay To Root for Germany?” (and answers that it is), “I’m looking forward to putting history and politics aside for 90 minutes and enjoying a great match. Hopefully that will be ok.”

It will be. Until Sunday, when we’ll be rooting for the Righteous Oranje to put the beatdown on whoever wins today.

Some Israelis OK With Cheering for Germany [AP]
Is It Okay To Root for Germany? [The Goal Post]
Earlier: Going Dutch
Which Squad You Should Root For
Postcard from Berlin

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Dov says:

You mean the Inquistors are playing the Exterminators, don’t you?

Honest Broker says:

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition

Quite surprising after an article from a few days ago regarding who to root for now (now that the U.S. was no longer in contention) . . . . GO NETHERLANDS


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Go … Germany?

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