Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Saturday, 28 June 2014

World Cup Fever


Britta Huegel

  • "Deutschland bebt - und das völlig zu Recht!" / Germany is writhing, and utterly rightly so.Thomas Müller
I have to confess that I am not that into football (soccer). Which is an understatement. 
Husband, and son and daughter-in-love are football-fans. 
(Thus they are astonished that I knew a prominent player of Werder Bremen - the Hansestadt Bremen is my hometown - when I was young. He could not light my fire for football.) 
Non-football-lovers often do not know how great are the sacrifices fans make for them.  
There is that old chestnut of a - sad to admit: true - story which is often retold to show the amount of love my husband (though at that time he wasn't) has for me. He had bought tickets for an important Football Cup Match in Frankfurt. 
When we arrived at the Frankfurter Waldstadion, this woman started to moan: "Look at all those people in front of us on the sand path - they all carry buckets with beer - I don't like being in such a mass of drunken people - oh, and now we stand here on top place of the stadion and I see nothing, only the backs of them - I can't see anything!" ending with: "I would prefer a stroll in the woods." 
Which we did, unbelievable as it sounds nowadays. 
Getting older I learned to behave better - isn't that encouraging?: when husband in Berlin invited me to the quarter final of the German Open of Snooker to the Tempodrom, I looked down from our seats high above, saw someone who was called Ronny O'Sullivan, saw three green tables and beautiful coloured lacquered balls - but not knowing the rules it was soon a bit - boring. BUT age has softened me (haha) - why spoil another person's joy? In the break I said to husband: "I'll drive home with the underground, you stay here and look and enjoy." That was a good solution - even better is the one now: husband goes with Matti, a friend who can value the game.  
So: I don't look football on TV or otherwise. 
But noone can overlook the very funny strange effects that World Cup-fandom produces here in Germany. 
At the KaDeWe a salesgirl keyed in the prices into the till - with nails painted in Black-Red-Gold. At that temple of elegance and luxury! 
Downstairs someone pushed in a pram - and the baby inside - I couldn't believe - sucked at a baby's dummy, which was in the colours of Black-Red-Gold. Then I saw a dog - wearing a T-shirt - guess the colours?? 
And later a man, fortyish, on a bike, who had a shaved head, sporting just a flat Mohican haircut on top, dyed in??? Yes, of course: Black-Red-Gold
And I had no camera with me! 
In the quarter with the many Christmas decorations they spill our flag everywhere - a little bar outside: has black seats, red blankets, and golden cushions. 
But the picture above of a very kitschig frontgarden topped it all! .  

Britta Huegel


19 comments:

  1. It's a man thing Britta - you know the quote 'men are from Mars and women are from Venus'.
    I think most of the fans here are wandering around with red white and blue mohicans too, but sadly they are all bedraggled and droopy!!! England has failed again.

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  2. Dear Rosemary,
    yes, it might be a Mars-thing; though I proudly announce that I went to a boxing match of Wladimir Klitschko on my own and enoyed every minute :)
    I'm sorry that England is out. They all have to play under unreasonable conditions, I think, that's very hard.

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  3. I believe it's perfectly reasonable for couples, friends, to enjoy their separate activities and join up again for activities of mutual enjoyment. Relationships die when such accommodation cannot be met. I would have been travelling the tube with you.

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  4. Dear Joanne,
    I am glad when you join me! As to seperate activities: yes, I absolutely agree with you. No man/woman can be all and everything to each other - and most people need space. I love it when a person is with me because he/she wants to be, not because he/she feels an obligation.

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  5. I have to admit Britta, that I only enjoy the World Cup if England are in it …. I have now lost all interest in it as we are out and am giving all of my concentration to Andy Murray at Wimbledon !!!! …. but, good luck to Germany. XXXX

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    1. Dear Jackie,
      it is very understandable to me that you enjoy the World Cup only when England is in: it is the atmosphere one shares with friends, the excitement - and that will be gone for those who are no afficionados or football connoisseurs, but fans of their country.

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    2. Ah - Wimbledon: if I get them, I can always make husband happy with tickets for Wimbledon (his birthday is on 23rd June, so it is a nice present -- he has played tennis in a quite good league and is still a big, big fan).

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  6. The Cup, that's where one sailboat goes faster than another, isn't?

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    1. Almost, dear Geo.,
      almost... They paddle in little canoes in Oxford and Cambridge.

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  7. You are so lucky that German National football team is very strong!! Our national team memberes already came back to the country from Brazil . Interestingly, a lot of Japanese women who are not football fans rooted for the team during the Cup games. Me, too(grin). Like Jacqueline, I've now lost all my interest in it. Good luck to Germany!!

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    1. Dear Sapphire,
      I understand very well that one cheers the football team of one's own country, and loses interest when they leave the Cup. Some football players are really good-looking, others aren't :)
      Thank you for your good wishes - this evening I will hear through the walls from the other flats whether they succeed or not.

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  8. Dearest Britta... We do learn to smile and endure each other's passions, don't we? I, too, have learned it's all right not to do everything in twos! I do enjoy a bit of American football and baseball...wandering in and out of the room as husband enjoys the televised games. Darling son and daughter-in-love are avid soccer fans so we have learned to enjoy this with them. Since our dear girl is American/British they cheer for both, but are Manchester United fans at heart! Proud that our USA team is still in it and will be cheering on the Red/White/and Blue today! Smiles...Susan

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  9. Dear Susan,
    at this moment (deep at night!) I found your comment - thank you so much! So you have your heart for two nations at soccer, that's lovely. Our daughter-in-love (I still am very thankful for your word-creation) is a very good swimmer, she was in the team for Lower Saxony, and thus is interested in all kinds of sports, as son and husband. I loved to watch basketball - live, of course.
    At the moment we have many happy events here - husband's birthday, and then a friend from England will arrive soon - after that I will be back in blogland. :) Britta

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  10. Ronnie O'Sullivan? I'd be spellbound. I'm not a great snooker fan myself (my wife watches it on telly) but I think watching Ronnie play snooker is like watching Einstein do maths.

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  11. Dear Sackerson,
    yes - it was him. For me half of the maths was enough :), That shall not diminuish his qualities, not at all - but I'm just not that into it.

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  12. I think you deserve to go shopping for on behalf of Germany. Tell your husband you are doing it for your country. You need a new Gold handbag, New Black Shoes and a beautiful new Red coat. Although I trust you will not where them all at the same time. ;)

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  13. Dear Paul,
    now this is the most charming and inspirational comment I needed just now (looking at a big half moon outside which wonders why some people make firework explode in the sky); Yes: a beautiful red coat and black High Heels - the gold might be unostentatiously added as earrings. :)
    You make me remember a photo from Hamburg - if I find it I'll make a mini-post especially for you. (Mini because I stick deeply in nice work these days - will come to 'normal' life end of next week, I hope)

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    1. Come to think of it: I won't... I found it - from 2006 - if you are a football-fan you might remember it. One does not have to show everything one possesses - I'll be wise, keep calm and carry on...

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  14. You have to show it now Britta:)

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