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German football as an indicator of the country’s steady decline

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During the FIFA World Cup currently being hold in Qatar, Germany beat underdog Costa Rica 4:2 in its third and last game in group E on December 1st, 2022.

Interestingly enough, it was the same result as in 2002, when both teams met for the opening match of the tournament then jointly organized by Japan and South Korea.

I remember watching that unequal duel in a bar in Taipei with a very good friend from that Spanish speaking nation, back then a diplomatic ally and a staunch supporter of Taiwan on the international stage.

Despite this year’s victory, which was even briefly in jeopardy when the Central Americans took the lead in the second half, the German national team was eliminated again at the earliest stage.

The long controversy about the side’s name, from which in 2015 the term “national” had been intentionally dropped after it had won a fourth crown in Brazil the year beforere, flected some serious contradictions between the establishment and the common people.

This move didn’t go down well with many German fans, a lot of which gradually lost interest in those supposedly defending their country’s honour during the most popular sports event on the planet.

“Hansi” Flick (born in 1965) took over as coach from Joachim Löw (born in 1960), who finally resigned after his boys were beaten by archrival England during the Euro 2020, in fact played in 2021 due to the coronavirus.

Löw’s tenure of nearly 15 years as the longest for an international coach in Europe, which lead to obvious stagnation, was definitely a big mistake, especially considering the squad’s extremely poor performance at Russia 2018, including a stunning defeat to South Korea.

I’m no expert concerning the individual talent of any player, though in times of rampant wokeness, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if some of those who spent their time in the Qatari desert were actually chosen by their background and origin, not their qualities as sportsmen.

This would reflect in a way the never-ending flooding of Germany with all kinds of uneducated foreigners, unwilling to assimilate, by those in power in Berlin who openly hate their own culture and history.

In combination with an obsession for allegedly green energy and a growing hostility to technology at all levels, which has already led to a dramatic reduction in areas such as car manufacturing, and a flight across the borders of relevant companies, the future looks bleaker by the day.

The fact that the Bundeswehr, the postwar German defense force, doesn’t have the capacity to attack anybody sounds like very good news for those states occupied by its predecessor, the Wehrmacht.

At the same time, this once respectable institution has degenerated in a way that it can’t even protect what was left of Germany after World War II anymore. That should actually worry our neighbors as well.

Entire districts in larger cities are basically lawless areas, where even the police is often subject to severe abuse by gangs of foreign criminals with a German passport they got for nothing.

A couple of weeks ago two German men were murdered in the hometown of former Chancellor Helmuth Kohl (1930-2017) and one had his hand cut off by a Somali invader. That’s what happens if you let pirates onto your land…

The third flop in a role of what for a short period was known as “die Mannschaft” reflects not only wrong staffing choices taken in the past, but is also an omen for the hard times that lie ahead for many Germans.

Their growing woes, only made worse by the West’s almost unanimously unforgiving attitude towards Russia, quickly excluded from Qatar after its invasion of Ukraine, symbolize the steady decline of what used to be both a sports and an economic powerhouse.

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