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Friday, June 18, 2010


Germany takes their football pretty seriously to say the least. The whole country is going mad, and I have never seen such nationalism before, even in Australia. It's quite remarkable! The Socceroos ultimately fell dismally to the German juggernaut on Sunday 4-0 in their first game of the World Cup. The embarrassment that was surely felt by the Socceroos was tantamount to the embarrassment felt by us Aussies currently living in Germany. We watched the game at a public viewing in Dortmund amongst 20,000 Germans, and we only spotted 2 other Aussie flags in the crowd the whole night (unless the others put theirs away in shame). We were however able to claw back some credibility with our cheers. This is one I led on the crowded train home after the game...

We also had someone come to our team flat to interview us for the local press, and this is the article they came up with. I don't know what it says, but I have my suspicions they are taking the piss out of us for being confident about our Aussie side.

Here's some pictures of the viewing at Dortmund!

We went home to catch the run leg of Des Moines, and all I can say is that I'm glad the Aussies carved up there.


  1. Good one Josh! I translated the text of the article for you and sent it in an email.

    Hope you guys can bring that cheer squad to India! YEAH!!!

    Ella x

  2. Paste the German article into Google and put the translater on, it's hilarious. We loved it.
    The train ride brings back memories of the Beijing Olympics... cheer leader extrordinaire.