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Monday, June 23, 2014

Germany's World Cup Fever


When I first came to Germany, I was always surprised by the blatant lack of national pride. At my first apartment here, my roommates actually used a German flag as a table cloth, and when I suggested they hang it on the wall, they just looked at me like I was insane. 

Ever since the World Cup started a few weeks ago, however, this has completely changed. When you go out on the street now, all you need is black, red, and gold. Heck, Germans even deck out their car in patriotic accessories (my German boyfriend included).

So, of course I am in on the action as well. Since I am not from Germany, however, the German boyfriend and I have been trying to split our patriotism a little bit. We each have a shirt representing each other's home country.


And, of course, you cannot live in Germany without having jerseys of the German national team. I have the jersey from the 2012 European Championship, and Marco has the current jersey for the 2014 World Cup.


Watching the opening match between Brazil and Croatia was the first time I think I have ever watched a game in the World Cup. Although I do not really enjoy watching most soccer games, I find that something about the World Cup just makes it inherently more exciting. 

For Germany's first game in this year's World Cup, we projected the game onto the wall of a meeting room at Marco's work. 


Since they won 4-0 against Portugal, we took to the streets afterwards to celebrate. Although my pictures make it looks like there was nobody outside, there were plenty of cars driving around town honking like crazy. Since it was a Monday at 9 p.m., however, most Germans were already in their homes.


Unfortunately, the U.S.'s first game aired at midnight that same day. Since I was a little pooped from celebrating Germany's win, I missed it. Thank goodness they won.

Germany's second game was on Saturday at 9 p.m. For this game, I went to downtown Hamburg with a large group of friends. Germany is really big on what they call "public viewings," which is when an event is shown on a large screen in a public space.

We didn't go to one of Hamburg's main public viewings, the largest of which attract nearly 50,000 people. Instead, we went to an outdoor bar called Central Park, which was nice and relaxed.


As you already know, Germany tied against Ghana 2-2, which was not the ideal result. Then, the very next day, the U.S. went on to tie against Portugal 2-2.

I still have my fingers crossed and Daumen gedrückt that both the U.S. and Germany will make it out of the group. They finally play against each other on Thursday, which will be quite an exciting game for the German boyfriend and me.

If you want to know who I will be rooting for in that game, make sure to check out my article "Home Country vs. Host Country: Expat Problems During the World Cup" on Expat Focus.

And here is to hoping that both the U.S. and Germany can make it out of the group!!!

14 comments:

  1. I was in Germany for the last World Cup, it was awesome!! :) I know exactly what you mean that the country just gets dipped in red, black, and gold :) Germany is amazing!! THanks for sharing :)

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    1. I like your analogy of Germany getting dipped in black, red, and gold -- that is exactly what it is like!

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  2. I love the whole USA/ Germany shirt Idea. My boyfriend and I are just going to remain neutral for the game. I know more about the german team than USA team though because of him. It is crazy out in the streets too, he's a polizei officer and had to patrol one of the public showings during the Ghana game, even though it was tied there were still a lot of crazies out!

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    1. Your boyfriend is a police officer! World Cup season must be a really crazy time to have that job!

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  4. Okay my phone is crazy not sure what I did in the last post but it deleted...anyways
    Yep he works in Geesthacht :-) he worked nightshift the other night and said things calmed down earlier than usual. Last year some crazy set of fireworks in the crowd and an officer lost his hearing in one ear. Im sure the closer to Hamburg, the crazier it gets!

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    1. Do you live in Geesthacht as well? If so, we are practically neighbors!

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  5. I wish! I'm still stuck in America :-( hopefully soon I can at least visit!

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    1. And if you ever happen to move here, we will have to meet up!

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  6. I was in Germany for the last world cup and I loved all the tv/projection viewings at the cafes! It was so fun!

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    1. For all the time I have spent in Germany over the past 3 years, I have to say that World Cup season is definitely the most fun. Even if you do not care for soccer, the excitement is just contagious!

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  7. Totally Courtney!!! Double date with the Germans! ��������

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  8. Well that was supposed to be a german and American flag but it showed up as boxes lol

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  9. Well I'm totally glad I found your blog because I can relate to it! Hopefully christoph and I can be physically together again like you and Marco :-) fingers crossed- this long distance is difficult :-(

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